Julia Melin

M.A., Stanford University, 2019
B.A., Swarthmore College, 2013
Julia Melin
Dissertation Title
Upskilled and Reskilled: How Gender Shapes Career Transitions in the New Economy

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a Ph.D. minor candidate in Management Science and Engineering. I am also a Graduate Research Associate for the Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and a member of the Equity By Design Lab at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Broadly, I study topics related to gender, career transitions, and the future of work. I use mixed methods, online experiments, and digital interventions in real-world settings to improve workplace outcomes among women and underrepresented groups and inform policies for positive organizational change. My dissertation work experimentally examines how peer groups and their composition affect psychological, educational, and career-related outcomes among women and online trainees in STEM fields and the healthcare professions.

My research has received generous support from NSF-funded Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, the Stanford Laboratory for the Study of American Values, the Stanford Lab for Social Research, the Center for American Democracy at IRiSS, and the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association. Prior to academia, I worked on Wall Street and for an online tech recruiting startup in New York City.

My work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Current Opinion in Psychology, and the New England Journal of Public Policy. 

Research Interests

Field of Interest
Gender inequality
Career transitions
The future of work
Real-world experiments