Julie Kmec

Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2002


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

Research Interests

My research investigates work and its environments. My work encompasses various facets, including the impact of work organization practices, particularly those geared towards diversity and inclusion, on the dynamics of workplaces.  

I am equally interested in the broader societal perceptions of gender and how they affect workers’ understanding of things like sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and family responsibilities discrimination at work. I am particularly interested in how the prevailing ideal worker expectations can impact the career trajectories of individuals with parental responsibilities. 

Most recently, I have started studying the ways employers support efforts to promote diversity initiatives, and how their efforts are shaped by the features of racialized organizations.  

For more in-depth information about my research projects, graduate students, the courses I teach, and a list of my publications, please visit my website. 

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, https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwy045

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.


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