My program of research seeks to address the question, “Why does inequality persist for minority workers?” This question is especially
pertinent to issues of race, gender, and class because women, the working poor, and Blacks are some of the most marginalized workers in the labor market. My goals as a sociologist and scholar are to challenge the myth that we live in a post-racial, gender-equal society, to examine how discriminatory practices operate, and to create solutions that promote equality in the workplace. My research addresses gaps in the field concerning how societal, organizational, and individual-level factors shape work experiences and outcomes in the workplace and in society more generally. As such, my work has implications for several bodies of sociological thought, including sex and gender, race and ethnic relations, work and occupations, social psychology, and critical theory.
- The effects of COVID-19 on older workers and workplace practices and policies
- The effects of multiple chronic conditions on workforce transitions of older and marginalized workers
- Social mobility for Black mothers, older workers, and other marginalized populations
- Mentorship experiences and professional development of early-career Black female faculty
- Critical pedagogy and learning outcomes