Greedy Institutions, Overwork, and Work-Life Balance


  • Teresa A. Sullivan is President and George Kaufman Presidential Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia. I would like to acknowledge the extensive assistance of Jonathan Bowen. A version of this paper was presented as the Alpha Kappa Delta Distinguished Lecture at the annual meeting in New York City, August 10, 2013.


Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, offered her thoughts on “Greedy Institutions” and the work-life balance in her AKD Distinguished Lecture at the August 2013 meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York City. We appreciate Dr. Sullivan's willingness to revise her address for publication in Sociological Inquiry. In the age of smart phones and 24/7 accountability, her thoughts on these issues—particularly at American universities—are timely and instructive.