Ph.D., Oregon, 1984
Areas of Research Interest:
Gender, Stratification, Work, and Organizations.
Current Research Interests:
I have long-standing research interests in the areas of gender, work and organizations, and inequality. My two current research projects continue to explore these themes, while paying special attention to the social context of work and its impact on behavior and beliefs. One line of research examines the causes and consequences of work group composition. I am particularly interested in the effects of demographic heterogeneity and homogeneity on individual- and work group-level outcomes, such as organizational commitment. More broadly, I am interested in how and under what conditions particular forms of difference become socially and individually meaningful in the workplace. A second research project explores the fate of work-life policies in a large, financial services firm. This research, funded by the Citigroup Behavioral Sciences Research Council, examines the role that work group characteristics play in shaping people's use and perceptions of work-life policies. I am conducting this research with my colleague, Mary Blair-Loy.
"Social Context at Work: A Multilevel Analysis of Job Satisfaction.'' Sociological Forum (2000). With Thomas Rotolo and Sharon R. Bird.
"The Psychosocial Consequences of Emotional Labor." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (1999).
"Stand By Your Man: Homosociality, Work Groups and Men's Perceptions of Difference." In Cliff Cheng (ed.), Masculinities in Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1996. With Sharon R. Bird.
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