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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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    Zurlaquova, Zarrina.; Byington, Tori.; Kmec, Julie A. (Open University, 2015)
    This study examines perceptions of how marriage impacts two aspects of academics career success in STEM and non-STEM fields: professional productivity and professional mobility. We pose three research questions. (1) How ...
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    Kmec, Julie A. (Sage Publications, 2014)
    Book Review of: Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work / by Enobong Hannah Branch .
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    Kmec, Julie A. (Open University, 2013)
    Scholars have documented that the masculine work cultures characteristic of academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines create an unwelcome climate for women. One way academic STEM cultures ...
  • Whose job is harder? Assessments of the job effort requirements by mothers, fathers, and non-parents in and outside of academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines 

    Magnuson, Nancy; Kmec, Julie A. (3/30/2012)
    Mothers employed in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines perceive they must work harder than fathers in STEM/non-STEM and mother in non-STEM disciplines.
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    Skaggs, Sheryl L.; Kmec, Julie A. (Sage Publications, 2011)
    What factors are associated with variation in the racial/ethnic composition of hospital health care professionals? Institutional theories suggest that organizations react to external environmental and internal structural ...
  • Hierarchical rank and women's organizational mobility: glass ceilings in corporate law firms 

    Gorman, Elizabeth H.; Kmec, Julie A. (The University of Chicago, 2009-03)
    This article revives the debate over whether women's upward mobility prospects decline as they climb organizational hierarchies. Although this proposition is a core element of the glass ceiling metaphor, it has failed to ...