I am an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Organization Science at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Before coming to Charlotte, I completed my PhD at Emory University and worked as postdoctoral fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
My research examines how organizations shape careers and career outcomes. These outcomes include income, promotions, external employer changes, and the decision to stay in a specific field. I am particularly interested in how careers differ by gender and race. In past and current projects, I have examined how firms’ policy, culture, and composition shape outcomes. For this purpose, I draw on a variety of research designs including longitudinal HR data of a single employer, publicly available linked employer-employee data on many organizations, and qualitative interviews with individual managers and employees. My research has been published in Social Forces, Work and Occupations, and Mobilization, and I received funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG).
I had the opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate courses such as Sociology of Work, Sociology of Labor Markets, Organizational Theory, and Inequality in the Workplace. Additionally, I enjoy teaching Research Methods and Introduction to Multivariate Regression.
Ph.D. Emory University
MA Emory University
BA Mannheim University, Germany
Research and Teaching Interests:
Work, Careers, Organizations, Social Stratification, Research Methods
Acker, J. 2006. “Inequality Regimes: Gender, Race, and Class in Organizations.” Gender & Society 20:441–64.
Kalev, A., F. Dobbin, and E. Kelly. 2006. “Practices or Best Guesses? Assessing the Efficacy of Corporate Affirmative Action and Diversity Policies.” American Sociological Review71:589–617.
Reskin, B. F. 2003. “Including Mechanisms in Our Models of Ascriptive Inequality.” American Sociological Review 68:1–21