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Katherine Weisshaar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology


Katherine Weisshaar's research focuses on gender and economic stratification processes within families, workplaces, and society, with an interest in developing critical tests of causality by leveraging data and a range of quantitative methodological approaches. She is particularly interested in how macro-level inequalities in the labor force are reproduced through micro- and meso-level social psychological and interactional processes in the workplace, in families, and in the work-family intersection. Recent and ongoing projects examine labor market outcomes associated with intermittent labor force participation, gender gaps in promotion rates, employer evaluations of job candidates and employees by gender and race, and the gendered structures of social networks within workplaces.

Katherine Weisshaar is a sociologist whose research focuses on gender and economic stratification processes within families, workplaces, and society, with an interest in developing critical tests of causality by leveraging data and methods. She is particularly interested in how macro-level inequalities in the labor force are reproduced through micro- and meso-level processes in the workplace, in families, and in the work-family intersection. Her recent work examined labor market outcomes associated with intermittent labor force participation, with a specific examination of how periods of unemployment or "opting out" of work for family reasons affect labor market outcomes upon re-entry, such as hiring prospects, wages, and occupation. She has experience collecting her own data through field experiments, original surveys, and a series of survey experiments, and has also worked with existing longitudinal survey data.

    Last Updated: 2019-09-13