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Kimberlee Shauman

Kimberlee Shauman


2243 SS&H
Office Phone: 530-754-0773

Office Hours for Fall 2016 :

  • Fall 2016: Mondays 1-3pm


  1. Ph.D., University of Michigan


Research Interests

  • Social Stratification
  • Social Demography
  • Family, Kinship, and Gender
  • Education

Current Research Projects

Evaluating Equity in Faculty Recruitment
This study (funded by NSF GSE Award #1535509 and #1535435) builds a unique database about the faculty recruitment process at ten research-intensive universities to investigate the factors that generate disparities in hiring by gender and race/ethnicity. The database draws together administrative records from a secure online recruitment management system and unstructured data from uploaded documents to build a dataset of unparalleled scale and richness for the analysis of academic hiring and labor market processes more generally. It includes detailed information on applicant pools; applicant credentials and achievements; hiring processes and committee composition; progression of candidates from application through the short list, interview, and offer process for each ladder-rank faculty hire undertaken since 2013 at all ten universities. These data will enable groundbreaking observational analyses of the factors associated with disparities in hiring processes and decisions.

Sex Differences in College Majors and Early Occupational Attainment
The main objective of this project is to identify the influences that account for sex differences in the career choices of young people at the transition to the labor force after attainment of a bachelor’s degree. Specific analyses have examined: (1) occupational attainment among a nationally representative sample of college-educated new labor force entrants in an attempt to understand why women continue to be employed disproportionately in relatively low-paying occupations, (2) sex differences in the utilization of educational capital, i.e., in the likelihood of entering an occupation that is substantively related to one's degree major, and (3) the causes and consequences of the observed sex differences in educational utilization. This research uses data from the 1993 and 2003 National Surveys of College Graduates, O*NET, the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972, the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, and the 1995-2013 Surveys of Doctorate Recipients.

The Impact of Racial Disparities in Mortality across the 20th Century (with Mary Jackman)
This study attempts to quantify the demographic impact of the black-white disparities in mortality that persisted throughout the 20th century and remain a characteristic of the contemporary U.S. In this paper, we address two key questions about the consequences of the racial disparities in mortality: (1) how many excess deaths of African American occurred over the course of the 20th century because of the enduring racial mortality gap, and (2) what has been the impact of those excess deaths on subsequent Black population growth throughout the century. To address these questions we draw on extensive literatures about racial disparities in mortality rates and causes of death, multiple data sources from the U.S. Census and the National Center for Health Statistics, and multiple methods to correct for racial bias in population counts and vital statistics.

State-level Anti-Discrimination Laws and Labor Force Sex Stratification (with Mary Noonan)
In this study, we examine whether state laws prohibiting marital status discrimination in employment have influenced progress toward gender equality on a range of employment outcomes. Although a large body of research has explored the sources of gender inequality in the labor market, most extant research focuses on the explanatory influence of changing individual- or occupational-level characteristics. We reason that because employment discrimination based on marital status has been almost exclusively aimed at women, laws prohibiting such actions may have worked as de facto protections against sex discrimination in employment and pay. Using data from the 1962-2007 Current Population Surveys coupled with information on state laws, we test the whether anti-discrimination legislation helped to ameliorate gender inequality in the labor force.

Selected Publications

  • Kimberlee A. Shauman. 2016. “Gender Differences in the Early Career Outcomes of College Graduates: The Influence of Sex-type of Degree Field across Four Cohorts.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2(4), 152–193.
  • Xie, Yu, Michael Fang, and Kimberlee A. Shauman. 2015. "STEM Education." Annual Review of Sociology 41: 331-357.
  • Kimberlee Shauman. 2010. "Gender Asymmetry in Family Migration: Occupational Inequality or Interspousal Comparative Advantage" Journal of Marriage and Family 72:375-392.
  • Kimberlee Shauman. 2009. "Are There Sex Differences in the Utilization of Educational Capital Among College-Educated Workers?" Social Science Research 38:535-571.
  • Kimberlee Shauman and Mary Noonan. 2007. "Family Migration and Labor Force Outcomes: Sex Differences in Occupational Context." Social Forces 85:1735-1764.
  • Kimberlee Shauman. 2006. "Occupational Sex Segregation and the Earnings of Occupations: What Causes the Link Among College-Educated Workers?" Social Science Research 35:577-619.
  • Xie, Yu and Kim Shauman. 2003. Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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