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This collection features research by Julie Kmec, professor of sociology at Washington State University. Kmec's research interests center on work. Her research explores how the practices of work organizations—mainly their diversity-oriented human resource practices—shape the work context, including sex segregation in jobs. Kmec also studies how organizational practices shape worker’s experiences (i.e., pay, turnover, mobility, experiences of discrimination). In addition, she considers how broadly held perceptions of gender impact the work behaviors of women and men, and she explores the connection between parental status, gender, and work, including how work-life reconciliation policies shape work outcomes for women and mothers and how ideal worker norms influence work outcomes for parents.

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