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I am a sociologist of gender, intersectionality, work and organizations, and science and technology. I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with their ADVANCE Program. The NSF-funded ADVANCE project is focused on cultivating gender and racial equity among STEM faculty through the power of collaboration. I am also an affiliate of Stanford University's VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab.


Previously, I was a Visiting Lecturer of Sociology at Wellesley College, where I taught courses on education, science, technology, and gender. I have a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University with a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

READ my latest coauthored column in Inside Higher Ed, "Keeping the Pandemic from Sidelining Equity."

LISTEN to this podcast episode of Technically Human to learn about my research on how gendered networks structure the tech workforce.

FOLLOW along on twitter @ethelmickey.

EMAIL emickey@umass.edu.

People Walking


My research explores how professional networking shapes and reproduces intersectional inequalities in the tech industry. My work has been published in Gender & Society, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sex Roles, and Gender, Work and Organization.



I teach courses that encourage students to approach complex questions of inequality from an intersectional lens. Given my own methodological preference for qualitative research, my courses focus on learning through doing, with students acquiring empirical research skills through interview projects and mini-ethnographies.

Adult Students


Public sociology and community collaboration are central to my work. I collaborate with organizations seeking to support workers from underrepresented and marginalized groups in STEM. I was an inaugural Virtual Visiting Scholar with the Association for Women in Science (funded through the National Science Foundation), developing publicly available resources on the status of women faculty in STEM.

I am also an active member of the American Sociological Association and Sociologists for Women in Society.