Aliya Hamid Rao is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University. She uses in-depth, qualitative methods to understand how professionals contend with the demanding, but frequently uncertain, world of work. Her first book, with the University of California Press, provides an innovative look at how unemployment impacts the lives of college-educated, unemployed men and women in the US. Her other ongoing research projects look at how the "passion schema" unequally distributes rewards in high-status work. This collaborative project draws on data from professionals in a cutting-edge, global technology company, hedge fund managers, and unemployed professionals. In another project, she focuses on three global sites of Singapore, India, and the US to examine how professionals navigate the requirements of global work - such as working across time zones and extensive travel. She has published in popular outlets such as Quartz, The Atlantic, and Harvard Business Review, as well as in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Research in the Sociology of Work.