My research agenda broadly considers the relationship between inequality and organizations. My dissertation takes up the questions: how and why are chefs, restaurants, and cuisines (e)valuated in the American top dining field? How do ethnoracial categories and gender affect these processes of evaluation? Through 120 in-depth interviews with critically-recognized chefs and content analysis of 1400 restaurant reviews in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, I illustrate the concrete material and symbolic consequences of ethnoracial and gendered categorization in the cultural field of cuisine.
An additional substantial research project takes up the current issue of Title IX, sexual harassment, and higher education. In a content analysis of 250 college and university sexual harassment policies, I demonstrate how and why different kinds of colleges and universities address and incorporate compliance with Title IX in their formal student sexual harassment policies. I find that, contrary to the predictions of the symbolic compliance literature, small liberal arts colleges are more likely to demonstrate compliance in their formal sexual harassment policies. This project is under review at Law and Social Inquiry.
I have also published research on the intellectual development of the theoretical concept of institutional logics (published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management) and the gender dynamics of the western literary canon (published in Gender Issues).