Canada Research Chair in Law and Inequality
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar and Faculty Associate
Work and organizations, inequality, sex and race/ethnic employment discrimination, law and society, legal mobilization, quantitative methods
Hirsh’s research is in the areas of organizations, inequality, and the law. Much of her work focuses on employment discrimination and the impact of antidiscrimination laws and corporate diversity policies on gender, race, and ethnic inequality in the workplace. Current projects include a study of the impact of employment discrimination lawsuits on changes in sex and race inequality in the workplace; a qualitative account of the factors that lead workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits based on interviews with plaintiffs in recent high-profile lawsuits; an analysis of the impact of corporate diversity policies on levels of workplace sex and race inequality and discrimination disputes at work; and a study of caregiver discrimination cases in Canada.
2019. “Family-Friendly Jobs and Motherhood Pay Penalties: The Impact of Flexible Work Arrangements Across the Educational Spectrum,” Work and Occupations 46(1):3-44. (with Sylvia Fuller)
2018. “For Law and Markets: Employment Discrimination Lawsuits, Market Performance, and Managerial Diversity,” American Journal of Sociology 123(4):1117-1160. (with Youngjoo Cha)
2017. “Mandating Change: The Impact of Court-Mandated Policy Changes on Managerial Diversity,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 70(1):42-72. (with Youngjoo Cha)
2016. “Workplace Regulation of Sexual Harassment and Federal and State-Level Legal Environments,” Research in the Sociology of Work 29(1):215-240. (with Julie Kmec and Sheryl Skaggs)
2014. “Employment Discrimination Lawsuits and Corporate Stock Prices.” Social Currents 2:40-57. (with Youngjoo Cha)
2013. “Beyond Treatment and Impact: A Context-Oriented Approach to Employment Discrimination.” American Behavioral Scientist 58(2):256-73.
2010. “Perceiving Discrimination on the Job: Legal Consciousness, Workplace Context, and the Construction of Race Discrimination,” Law and Society Review 44(2):269-298. (with Christopher Lyons)
2009. “The Strength of Weak Enforcement: The Impact of Discrimination Charges on Sex and Race Segregation in the Workplace.” American Sociological Review 74(2):245-71.
2008. “Settling for Less? The Organizational Determinants of Discrimination-Charge Outcomes.” Law and Society Review 42(2):239-274.
2008. “The Context of Discrimination: Workplace Conditions, Institutional Environments, and Sex and Race Discrimination Charges,” American Journal of Sociology 113(5):1394-1432. (with Sabino Kornrich)
“What Works to Reduce Inequality: The Role of Lawsuits,” Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar, Harvard University April 2018.
“Mandating Change? The Origins and Impact of Employment Discrimination Lawsuits,” Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA, March 2017.
Oral Testimony on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Proposal to Collect Compensation Data from Private Employers, Commissioners Meeting, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C., March 2016.
“Mandating Change? The Impact of Mandated Policy Changes on Managerial Diversity,” Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University, New York, NY, June 2015.