Publications and Papers

Forthcoming at Industrial and Organizational Psychology

“Is Cybervetting Valuable?” by Annika Wilcox, Steve McDonald, and Amanda Damarin

This article examines the subjective costs of online job candidate screening (i.e., “cybervetting”) for job candidates, hiring agents, and organizations. It argues that cybervetting as it is currently practiced harms job candidates, and does little (if anything) to benefit hiring agents and organizations, suggesting that a redefinition of this practice is necessary.

Elite Cultural Work and Discursive Obstruction of Human Rights Activism

This article examines how elite actors respond to social movements advanced by socially and culturally privileged activists. Analyzing a historical case of human rights activism in Communist Czechoslovakia, it identifies tactics of discursive obstruction (vilifying activists, distorting activists’ messages, symbolically amplifying values that activists challenge, and constructing regime support utilizing other privileged identities) as means by which state and other elite actors attempt to neutralize the threat posed by activists.

Sociological Perspectives on Mass Media

This peer-reviewed teaching resource offers a set of activities for teaching students critical perspectives on mass media and links these perspectives to the three key theoretical frameworks commonly taught in introductory sociology courses.

Black Holes and Purple Squirrels: A Tale of Two Online Labor Markets

This article draws on in-depth interviews to examine how HR professionals assess active and passive job candidates. It illustrates that HR professionals’ construction of passive job candidates as ideal candidates, and active job candidates as questionable candidates, serves to reinforce inequalities between the “haves” and the “have-nots” of the online labor market.

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“Gender Inequality in Relational Position-Taking: An Analysis of Intra-Organizational Job Mobility Networks” by Annika Wilcox, Steve McDonald, Richard Benton, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

This article utilizes social network analysis to examine how patterns of job mobility contribute to gendered job segregation. It finds that workers tend to move between jobs with similar sex compositions, and that this inhibits the ability of workers in female-concentrated jobs to be upwardly mobile. Further, this effect is exacerbated within organizations with higher levels of income inequality.