In my research, I study the bases of gender inequality, drawing from scholarly literature in economic and organizational sociology, social networks, and entrepreneurship. My goal is to understand how organizational and social network processes impact economic outcomes and perpetuate gender inequality. My dissertation examines how evaluators and decision makers directly contribute to the perpetuation of gender inequality in economic outcomes. I pay particular attention to the often levied criticism of gender inequality research, namely failure to adequately account for quality or performance. A theme across my papers is to account for potential gender differences in quality in each of my empirical settings. I use field-based data, and employ both econometric and qualitative research methods, to examine the allocation of resources within organizations and social networks and identify the factors contributing to persistent gender inequality among organizational actors and entrepreneurs.
To date, my research has resulted in numerous academic presentations; a second invitation from the Academy of Management Journal to revise and resubmit a solely-authored paper; an invitation to revise and resubmit a co-authored paper from Administrative Science Quarterly; and a number of working papers including my job market paper. Most recently, I was selected as the winner of the 2014 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. My work has also been recognized and funded by the Kauffman Foundation and the American Association of University Women and featured by a number of popular media outlets including Forbes the Society for Human Resource Management.