My research is geared towards understanding how actors organize and operate in uncertain or threatening contexts, which I explore in three streams. The first stream concerns how people make sense of other actors as risky or hazardous, and the implications of these perceptions for organizational outcomes such as inclusion, cooperation, and trust. The second stream considers how individuals employ their bodies to navigate the challenges that they encounter in the pursuit of problem-solving. The third stream examines how individuals and organizations attempt to engage in effortful and reflexive attempts to shape themselves and others in the pursuit of belonging at work. I employ qualitative methods (interviews, participant observation, fieldwork), and draw on a range of conceptual lenses (social-symbolic work, basic psychological needs, sensemaking, identity, critical perspectives) to generate novel insights into these topics.