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Department of Sociology Kmec, Julie
Professor of Sociology
Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2002


Gender & Race/Ethnic Labor Market Inequality, Work Organizations, Workplace Diversity, Social Stratification.

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, I study the work people do and where they do it. Some of my research
explores how the practices of work organizations—mainly their diversity-oriented human
resource practices—shape the work context, including job sex segregation. I am also interested
in studying how organizational practices shape worker’s experiences (i.e., pay, turnover,
mobility, experiences of discrimination). Another research interest of mine is in how broadly
held perceptions of gender impact the work behaviors of women and men, including their job
attachment. Some of my research also explores the connection between parental status,
gender, and work, including how work-life reconciliation policies shape work outcomes and how
ideal worker norms influence work outcomes for parents. I am also investigating women’s
underrepresentation in engineering in the US by looking to different countries where women’s
engineering participation is high (Tunisia, Malaysia, and Jordan). See my website for more
details about my research, graduate students, the course I teach, and a longer list of


(509) 335-8760

Wilson-Short Hall 217

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

Brady, David, Agnes Blome, and Julie A. Kmec. 2019. “Work-Family Reconciliation Policies and
Women’s and Mother’s Labor Market Outcomes in Rich Democracies.” Socioeconomic
Review. DOI,

Collazo Jr., Jose and Julie A. Kmec. 2019. “Organizational Emphasis on Inclusion as a Cultural
Value and Third-Party Response to Sexual Harassment.” Employee Relations 41:52-66.

Zhang, Hong and Julie A. Kmec. 2018. “Non-normative Connections between Work and Family:
The Gendered Career Consequences of Being a Dual-career Academic.” Sociological
Perspectives 61: 766-786.

Kmec, Julie A., C. Elizabeth Hirsh, and Sheryl Skaggs. 2016. “Workplace Regulation of Sexual
Harassment and Federal and State-Level Legal Environments.” Research in the Sociology of
Work 29.

O’Connor, Lindsey, Julie A. Kmec, and Elizabeth Harris. 2015. “Giving Care and Perceived
Discrimination: The Social and Organizational Context of Family Responsibility
Discrimination.” Research in the Sociology of Work 26.