My research centers around three topics: gender, development, and organizations.
I study the role of culture on gender inequality, particularly measured by economic outcomes such as labor force participation, occupational segregation, and executive leadership in organizations. My background in a variety of data collection methodologies due to my training in sociology uniquely equips me to work at the forefront of economic research on the mechanisms of discrimination and labor market preference formation of job seekers and employers. I design my own survey instruments for unique data sets; conduct in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation; I work with original datasets compiled from public sources; and I design field experiments in order to understand dynamic responses for proposed policy interventions.
My past work documents women's political participation in previously all-male organizations including running for office, the judiciary, and home-grown terrorist groups. My current research agenda is focused on women's economic participation in previously all-male organizations by analyzing information provision and female labor force participation, preference formation of labor market entrants, and adaptation and agency of employers using original and administrative datasets.