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Department of Sociology Allen, Eric

M.A. Sociology, University of Arkansas, 2014
B.A. Psychology, University of Arkansas, 2012


Gender and workplace inequalities, labor markets, health, and gender-based violence.

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the mechanisms through which gender inequalities persist. Currently, I want to understand how workers navigate workplace discrimination, including the penalties they experience from the flexibility bias.

For my dissertation, I am exploring how workplace discrimination leads to adverse health outcomes between women and men. This line of work is particularly exciting to me, as gender has received relatively little attention in this area compared to racial/ethnic differences in predicting health outcomes. I hope to also understand how workplace discrimination operates intergenerationally and may lead to adverse health consequences for workers’ children and family members. Are particular types of workplace discrimination for pathogenic health? How do acute and chronic experiences of workplace discrimination affect health over time? To what extent do gender differences in perceived workplace discrimination contribute to the gender gap in health? These questions drive my current research.

I am also engaged in other professional activities, including serving on the Student Subcommittee on Sex- and Gender-Based Violence and serving as Senator for the Graduate and Professional Student Association.

Published Manuscripts

Allen, Eric and Mindy S. Bradley. 2018. “Perceptions of Harm, Criminality, and Law Enforcement Response: Comparing Violence by Men Against Women and Violence by Women Against Men.” Victims and Offenders 13(3):373-389. DOI:

Manuscripts Under Review

Netchaeva, Ekaterina, Leah Sheppard, Sarah Morton, and Eric Allen. “A Review of Gender Differences in Ambition for Leadership Roles.”

Blanchar, John C., Scott Eidelman, and Eric Allen. “A Standards Advantage for the Status Quo: Higher Standards for Sanctioning Social Change.”

Manuscripts in Progress

Allen, Eric. “Parents’ Changing Work Schedules: Class and the Flexibility Stigma.”

Allen, Eric. “Do Colleges Underreport Sexual Assault? Re-Examining College Sexual Assault Reporting.”

Allen, Eric. “Agents of Change? An Examination of Female College Presidents on Female Faculty Representation.”

Professional Presentations

Allen, E. 2018. “Workplace Discrimination and Health: Does Gender Matter?” Presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Long Beach,CA.

Allen, E. 2016. “Baby on Board: Gendered Differences in the Impact of New Parents’ Changing Work Schedules on Work and Life Outcomes.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, WA.

Allen, E. and Mindy S. Bradley. 2016. “The Effects of Respondent, Victim, and Perpetrator Gender on Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence Criminality and Harm.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, CA.