Diversity discourse as racialized and double-edged
06-14 through 02-22
A multi-year project that went through many iterations before settling on a critical look at the diversity term using nationally representative survey data (collected through the American Mosaic Project at the University of Minnesota). Below are slides from a 2017 version of the paper presented at MSS 2017.
Co-authors on the published piece: Neeraj Rajasekar and Douglas Hartmann.
Racial discrimination in the labor market
05-2013 through 06-2014
This project aimed to show how racial discrimination works in the labor market through a thorough audit study of employment practices by employers around the country. The study design did this by first designating four groups of names separated by how racialized they were (as decided by a survey). Once the names were chosen, they were randomly assigned to resumes and sent out to employers. The design allowed us to see which names received the most callbacks all else being equal which, in theory, is evidence of direct racial discrimination (whether latent or explicit).
Lead investigator: Ted Thornhill
Different but safe: An ethnography of college music fandom
09-2014 through 12-2014
This project as an ethnographic and interview-based paper (and eventual presentation) aiming to understand how college students make sense of their music tastes in relation to their peers. Additionally, we wanted to see how students engage with their music tastes, how they develop their music preferences, and how their talk differs by social categories including race and gender.
Co-investigator: Horacio Lopez
Battle for a better team: conflict and conflict resolution in college classroom teams
09-2012 through 03-2013
Full research project with a presentation at the Midwest Sociological Society after completion, this project focused on using data from the General Social Survey to understand how groups and group members deal with conflict in school projects.