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Simple Supply or More Complex Conditioning Context? Race, Gender, Representation and Outcomes in the Hiring Process

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October 18, 2018 - 12:30pm
McClatchy Hall, Building 120, Studio 40

Please join us for a colloquium being given by Kimberlee Shauman, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis.

Abstract: Many theoretical perspectives predict that the representation of minority or “out-group” members will affect social processes and outcomes. The theories generally predict that increasing representation will increase equity in the treatment of and outcomes for minority-group members, but they predict different mechanisms for the association and, consequently, for the “shape” or functional form it may take – e.g., linear pipeline effects, stepwise “critical mass” threshold effects, curvilinear backlash effects. We use detailed data on faculty hiring processes to test several theories and to address the practical question: Does the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in hiring processes affect hiring outcomes? We measure racial and gender representation on multiple dimensions (among applicants, interviewees, faculty in hiring departments and on hiring committees) and examine the association between representation and outcomes at sequential stages of the hiring process.

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