Patrick Reilly

Patrick Reilly

Visiting Assistant Professor    Personal website  


PhD, Sociology, UCLA
MA, Sociology, UCLA
MA, Humanities and Social Thought, New York University
BA, American Studies, Emory University

Patrick (Pat) Reilly is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Organization and Management area at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. He has a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specialized in organizational studies and economic sociology. He also holds an MA in Humanities from New York University and an BA in American Studies from Emory University.

Pat joined the faculty of The Paul Merage School of Business in 2017. The substantive focus of Pat's research is the entertainment industry. It primarily covers norm enforcement, career development, formal and informal team formation, creativity, and authenticity in loosely structured and network-based fields. Pat employs both ethnographic and quantitative methods, and his work has examined the Hollywood film industry and stand-up comedy. His work has appeared in American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Discoveries and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Pat teaches multiple MBA courses, including Power and Politics in Organizations. In addition, he designed and taught numerous sociology courses at UCLA, which include Organizations in Society and seminars covering the mass media and entertainment industries.

Pat has earned accolades for his teaching and research. In 2015, UCLA Academic Senate awarded him the Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the university's highest honor for instruction. He also received numerous awards for teaching from the UCLA Department of Sociology. For his research, Pat was the runner-up for Academy of Management's 2016 Louis Pondy Dissertation Paper Award and received the honorable mention for the American Sociological Association Organizations, Occupations, and Work Division's Thompson Prize for the best student paper in 2016.


  • Patrick Reilly. Forthcoming. "No Laughter Among Thieves: Authenticity and the Enforcement of Community Norms in Stand-Up Comedy." American Sociological Review.
  • Reilly, Patrick. 2017. "The Layers of Clown: Career Development in Cultural Production Industries." Academy of Management Discoveries 3:145-164.
  • Reilly, Patrick. 2016. “How Embedded Ties Split Sides: Network and Tie Formation in Contingent Work." Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 

Grants and Awards

  • 2018. Academy of Management Discoveries Best Paper, runner-up.
  • 2016. James D. Thompson Award for the Best Student Paper, American Sociological Association Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section, honorable mention
  • 2016. Academy of Management Louis S. Pondy Dissertation Paper of the Year Award, runner-up
  • 2015-2016. UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • 2015. UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (recognizes the top five graduate student instructors university-wide)
  • 2014-2015. UCLA Excellence in Teaching Fellowship
  • 2013. UCLA Department of Sociology's Peter Kollock Memorial Award
  • 2009-2014. UCLA Sociology Departmental Fellowship