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Megan Tobias Neely

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. In 2017,  I graduated with a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. I study gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace. Previously, I worked as a research analyst at a finance firm and earned a BA at Seattle University.



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My research examines rising economic inequality in the U.S. through the lens of gender and race. I pursued graduate school after working as a research analyst for a hedge fund from 2007-2010. This insider experience led me to sociology to study the mechanisms that reproduce gender and race inequality in this industry, and to understand how the financial sector perpetuates class inequality in society at large. 

I investigate these questions through three strands of research. The first examines social inequality in elite workplaces and how it relates to income inequality. The second explores how growth in the financial sector influences inequality throughout society. The third investigates how recent changes in the economy impact gender inequality.



My research on political and economic elites informs my work in the classroom. I study elites to better understand how social structures reproduce inequality at the top of the income distribution. In the classroom, I apply these insights to teach students about how social inequality impacts their own lives.

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At Stanford, I will be the 2018-2019 Faculty Mentor for the Graduate Voice and Influence Program at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

At UT-Austin, I was a graduate fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab, the committee chair of the Working Paper Series at the Law School's Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the Sociology Department Representative to the Graduate Student Assembly.

Beyond my institutions, I served as the student representative on the Organizations, Occupations, and Work section of the American Sociological Association.