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Department of Sociology Allen, Eric
Education

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

Areas

I am interested in exploring the mechanisms through which gender inequalities persist. Currently, I am examining 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. How do acute and chronic experiences of workplace discrimination affect health over time? To what extent and under what conditions do racial and gender minorities report discrimination? To what extent do differences in perceived work discrimination contribute to poorer health? These questions drive my current research.

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.

Biography

Eric M. Allen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University. His research focuses on understanding the ways through which gender inequalities persist, particularly in the labor market, including the health outcomes from workplace discrimination and the penalties parents face from the flexibility bias. Current research examines how workplace discrimination leads to adverse health outcomes between women and men, and the mechanisms through which poorer health from discrimination may be transferred intergenerationally. His recent publications argue for the significance of discrimination in reproducing social health inequalities (Sociology Compass, forthcoming) and uncover gender differences in perceptions of male- and female-perpetrated violence (with M. Bradley, Victims & Offenders, 2018). Engaged with other teacher-scholars, he has discussed novel teaching strategies (with J. Hammond, American Sociological Association Teaching & Learning Newsletters, 2018-2019) and helped prepare other aspiring teacherscholars by creating and presiding a session “Preparing Graduate Students for Teaching- Focused College and Universities” at a recent Pacific Sociological Association meeting (2018), which was later invited to air as an ASA webinar (2018). He received his MA in Sociology and BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas.

Teaching Experience

Instructor
Fall 2019 Introduction to Sociology.
Summer 2019. Social Inequality (online).
Spring 2019. Sociology of Sport.
Fall 2018. Social Inequality.
Spring 2018. Social Problems.
Fall 2017. Sociology of Gender.
Summer 2017. Sociology of Gender.
Spring 2017. Juvenile Delinquency.
Summer 2016. Sociology of Sex, Relationships and Marriage.
Spring 2015. General Sociology.
Fall 2014. General Sociology.

Teaching Assistant
Fall 2016. Social Inequality.
Spring 2016. Introduction to Sociology.
Fall 2015. Introduction to Sociology.
Spring 2014. General Sociology.
Fall 2013. General Sociology.
Spring 2013. General Sociology.
Fall 2012. General Sociology.

Tutor
Taught sociology and psychology with University of Arkansas student-athletes. Completed CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) Tutor Certification.

Publications

Allen, Eric. Forthcoming. “Perceived Discrimination and Health: Paradigms and Prospects.” Sociology Compass.

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: https://doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2017.1340383

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: https://doi.org/10/1080/15564886.2017.1340383

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.