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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I pursued graduate school after witnessing the economic crisis while 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.



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