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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Megan Neely

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

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Biography

Megan is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology. She is currently working on her dissertation research on gender, organizations, and work in the finance industry. Her master’s thesis examines women presidents and prime ministers’ paths to executive office. Her research interests are in gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace and political systems. 

Using the hedge fund industry as a case study, her dissertation project examines how workplace conditions in the new economy have changed from the point-of-view of high-wage workers, how they deal with unpredictable working conditions, and how these workplaces shape relations of inequality among workers. Using in-depth interviews, survey data, and participant observation in New York and Texas, she examines what precarious work entails for men’s jobs and how these conditions might have different consequences for women in the same occupation.

Megan conducted preliminary research in New York City during the summer of 2013. She will continue research in Texas during the summer of 2014 and in New York in the fall of 2014. 

At UT, Megan is a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab and an Editorial Committee Member on the Working Paper Series at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Before coming to UT, Megan worked as a research analyst at a finance firm and earned a BA in History with Departmental Honors at Seattle University. 

Interests

Gender, Race, Work and Organizations, Inequality, Politics, and Feminist Theories
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