Erin A. Cech

Erin Ann Cech

Associate Professor of Sociology, Director Academic Program, Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering


Dr. Cech’s research examines how inequality is reproduced through processes that are built into seemingly innocuous cultural beliefs and practices. She uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine inequality in STEM professions; she examines how cultural definitions of “good work” and “good workers” can anchor inequality in the workforce; and she studies how cultural understandings of the extent and origin of inequality help to uphold unequal social structures.

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