Erin A. Cech
Faculty Associate, PSC
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Erin 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.
- SBP: The Price of Parenting in STEM: Explaining Career Paths and Pay Consequences of Parenthood among Science and Engineering Professionals. (Erin A. Cech) 2016-2019. National Science Foundation.
- Collaborative Research: SBP: LGBTQ Professionals in STEM: Workplace Experiences and Navigation Strategies of Sexual and Gender Minority Scientists and Engineers. (Erin A. Cech) 2016-2019. NSF.
- Seron, Carroll, Susan Silbey, Erin A. Cech, and Brian Rubineau. Forthcoming. ""I am Not a Feminist, but. . .": Hegemony of a Meritocratic Ideology and the Limits of Critique Among Women in Engineering." Work and Occupations
- Cech, Erin A., Jessi L. Smith, and Anneke Metz. Forthcoming. "Cultural Processes of Ethnoracial Disadvantage among Native American College Students." Social Forces
- Cech, Erin A., and William R. Rothwell. 2019. "LGBT Workplace Inequality in the Federal Workforce: Intersectional Processes, Organizational Contexts, and Turnover Considerations." ILR Review : 0019793919843508. SAGE Publications Inc.
- Slaton, Amy E., Erin A. Cech, and Donna M. Riley. Forthcoming. "Yearning, Learning, and Earning: The Gritty Ontologies of American Engineering Education." STEM of Desire : 319-340.
- Cech, Erin A., and Mary Blair-Loy. 2019. "The changing career trajectories of new parents in STEM." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(10): 4182-4187.
- Cech, Erin A., Mary Blair-Loy, and Laura E. Rogers. 2018. "Recognizing chilliness: How schemas of inequality shape views of culture and climate in work environments." American Journal of Cultural Sociology 6(1): 125-160.
- O'Connor, Lindsey Trimble, and Erin A. Cech. 2018. "Not Just a Mothers' Problem: The Consequences of Perceived Workplace Flexibility Bias for All Workers." Sociological Perspectives 61(5): 808-829.
- Cech, Erin A., and William R. Rothwell. 2018. "LGBTQ Inequality in Engineering Education." Journal of Engineering Education 107(4): 583-610.
- Cech, Erin A. 2017. "Rugged Meritocratists: The Role of Overt Bias and the Meritocratic Ideology in Trump Supporters' Opposition to Social Justice Efforts." Socius 3: 2378023117712395.
- Blair-Loy, Mary, and Erin A. Cech. 2017. "Demands and Devotion: Cultural Meanings of Work and Overload Among Women Researchers and Professionals in Science and Technology Industries." Sociological Forum 32(1): 5-27.
- Cech, Erin A., and Michelle Pham. 2017. "Queer in STEM Organizations: Workplace Disadvantages for LGBT Employees in STEM Related Federal Agencies." Social Sciences 6(1): 12.
- Cech, Erin A., Anneke Metz, Jessi L. Smith, and Karen deVries. 2017. "Epistemological Dominance and Social Inequality: Experiences of Native American Science, Engineering, and Health Students." Science, Technology, & Human Values 42(5): 743-774.
- Cech, Erin A. 2017. "What fosters concern for inequality among American adolescents?" Social Science Research 61: 160-180.
- Cech, Erin A., and Lindsey Trimble O'Connor. 2017. "'Like second-hand smoke': the toxic effect of workplace flexibility bias for workers' health." Community, Work & Family 20(5): 543-572.
- Seron, Carroll, Susan S. Silbey, Erin A. Cech, and Brian Rubineau. 2016. "Persistence Is Cultural: Professional Socialization and the Reproduction of Sex Segregation." Work and Occupations 43(2): 178-214.
- Cech, Erin A. 2016. "Mechanism or Myth? Family Plans and the Reproduction of Occupational Gender Segregation." Gender and Society 30(2): 265-288.
- Akera, Atsushi, and Erin A. Cech. 2015. "Histories, Dynamics and Structures of Engineering Education." Pp. 1-6 in International Perspectives on Engineering Education, edited by Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Christelle Didier, Andrew Jamison, Martin Meganck, Carl Mitcham, and Byron Newberry. Dordrecht : Springer.
- Cech, Erin A., and Heidi M. Sherick. 2015. "Depoliticization and the Structure of Engineering Education." Pp. 203-216 in International Perspectives on Engineering Education, edited by Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Christelle Didier, Andrew Jamison, Martin Meganck, Carl Mitcham, and Byron Newberry. Dordrecht : Springer.
- Cech, Erin A. 2015. "Engineers and Engineeresses? Self-conceptions and the Development of Gendered Professional Identities." Sociological Perspectives 58(1): 56-77.
- Smith, Jessi L., Erin A. Cech, Anneke Metz, Meghan Huntoon, and Christina Moyer. 2014. "Giving back or giving up: Native American student experiences in science and engineering." Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 20(3): 413-429.
- Charles, Maria, Bridget Harr, Erin A. Cech, and Alexandra Hendley. 2014. "Who likes math where? Gender differences in eighth-graders' attitudes around the world." International Studies in Sociology of Education 24(1): 85-112.
- Cech, Erin A. 2014. "Culture of Disengagement in Engineering Education?" Science, Technology, and Human Values 39(1): 42-72.
- Cech, Erin A., and Mary Blair-Loy. 2014. "Consequences of Flexibility Stigma Among Academic Scientists and Engineers." Work and Occupations 41(1): 86-110.
- Cech, Erin A. 2013. "The (Mis)Framing of Social Justice: Why Ideologies of Depoliticization and Meritocracy Hinder Engineers' Ability to Think About Social Injustices." Pp. 67-84 in Engineering Education for Social Justice, edited by Juan Lucena. Dordrecht : Springer.
- Cech, Erin A. 2013. "Ideological Wage Inequalities? The Technical/Social Dualism and the Gender Wage Gap in Engineering." Social Forces 91(4): 1147-1182.
- Cech, Erin A. 2013. "The Self-Expressive Edge of Occupational Sex Segregation." American Journal of Sociology 119(3): 747-789.
- Cech, Erin A. 2012. "Great Problems of Grand Challenges: Problematizing Engineering's Understandings of its Role in Society." International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace 1(2): 85-94.
- US National Academies launches search for evidence-based programmes to support scientist parents after Cech's study
- Cech finds LGBT federal employees more likely to leave job, feel less supported
- Bias and belief in meritocracy in AI and engineering
- Netflix Sued by Former Exec Who Says She Was Fired for Being Pregnant
- Erin Cech et al discuss bias and belief in meritocracy in AI and engineering
- After a baby, 28% of new parents leave full-time STEM work, reports Erin Cech
- Cech analyzes impacts on employees of "ideal worker norms" and workplace flexibility bias
- Cech et al examine why the STEM gender gap is smaller in Muslim-majority countries than in the US
- Cech says "rugged meritocratists" resist social justice efforts, believing that society is already fair and just
- Cech weighs in on gender split in STEM programs