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 am interested in studying work. Some of my research explores how the practices of work organizations—mainly their diversity-oriented human resource practices—shape the work context, including sex segregation in jobs.  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.  Finally, some of my new research 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. See my website for more details and a longer list of publications.


(509) 335-8760

Wilson-Short Hall 217

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

Kmec, Julie A. and Sheryl. L. Skaggs. 2014. “The ‘State’ of Equal Employment Law and Managerial Gender Diversity.” Social Problems 61(4): 530-558.

Kmec, Julie A., Lindsey Trimble-O’Connor, and Scott Schieman. 2014. “Not Ideal: The Association Between Working Anything but Full Time and Perceived Unfair Treatment.” Work and Occupations 41: 63-85.

Kmec, Julie A., Matt Huffman, and Andrew Penner. 2013. “Being a Parent or Having a Parent? The Perceived Employability of Men and Women who Take Employment Leave” American Behavioral Scientist 58: 453-472.

Kmec, Julie A. 2013. “Why Academic STEM Mothers Feel They Have to Work Harder than Others on the Job” International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology 5(2).

Skaggs, Sheryl L. and Julie A. Kmec. 2011. “Checking the Pulse of Diversity among Healthcare Professionals: An Analysis of West Coast Hospitals.” The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences 639: 236-257.