Robert Perrucci is professor of sociology emeritus at Purdue University. He joined the faculty in 1962, was promoted to full professor in 1967, and served as department head from 1978-87. In 1969, he was a Simon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, England, in 1969. He has received major research grants from NSF, NIMH, and the Sloan Foundation. He is author/editor of 19 books and over 90 book chapters and research articles in leading journals, including five in the American Sociological Review, on topics related to work and occupations, complex organizations, mental illness, and the impact of the global economy on workers, communities and structures of inequality.
He has served as editor of Social Problems, The American Sociologist, Contemporary Sociology, and Associate Editor of the American Sociological Review. He has held elected positions as President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the North Central Sociological Association, and Chair of the Organizations and Occupations Section of the American Sociological Association. Two of his books have received the Scholarly Achievement Award from the North Central Sociological Association, and he has received Distinguished Alumnus Awards from the State University of New York at Cortland, and Purdue University. In 2005, he received the Lee Founders Lifetime Achievement Award from the society for the Study of Social Problems, and in 2008, from the North Central Sociological Association, the J. Milton Yinger Award for a Lifetime Distinguished Career.