Race and Inequality Series | How Race and Unemployment Shape Labor Market Opportunities: Additive, Amplified, or Muted Effects?

PSTC Seminar Room 205, Mencoff Hall

Special Seminar Series on Race and Inequality

David Pedulla, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

The manner in which social categories combine to produce inequality lies at the heart of scholarship on social stratification. Yet knowledge about the causal effects of multi-category membership remains limited. Addressing key challenges in this area, Pedulla advances a “muted congruence” theoretical perspective, arguing that when individuals evaluate others who occupy multiple social positions about which stereotypes are highly congruent – for example, being black and being unemployed – the additional category membership will have limited influence over the ultimate evaluation. Pedulla tests this argument using evidence from three empirical studies examining how race and unemployment jointly shape workers’ employment opportunities. He addresses the implications of these findings for understanding the aggregation of social categories in the production of inequality.

David Pedulla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. His research interests include race and gender stratification, labor markets, economic and organizational sociology, and experimental methods. Specifically, his research agenda examines the consequences of non-standard, contingent, and precarious employment for workers’ social and economic outcomes as well as the processes leading to race and gender labor market stratification. Pedulla’s research has appeared in American Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of SociologySocial Forces, and other academic journals. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the UC-Davis Center for Poverty Research, among other organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University.