ETHEL L. MICKEY, PH.D.
I am a sociologist of gender, work and organizations, and social networks, with a focus on high-tech and STEM settings. 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.
Previously, I was a Visiting Lecturer of Sociology at Wellesley College, where I taught courses on education, science and technology, and gender. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University in 2018, with a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Read my latest column in Inside Higher Ed, coauthored with my UMass ADVANCE colleagues: "10 Small Steps for Department Chairs to Foster Inclusion."
My research explores how professional networking shapes and reproduces intersectional inequalities in the high-tech industry. My work has been published in Gender & Society, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Feminist Formations, and Aggression and Violent Behavior.
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.
I work with organizations seeking to support underrepresented and marginalized workers 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.