Wilcox, Annika, Steve McDonald, and Amanda Damarin. “Is Cybervetting Valuable?” Forthcoming at Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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.

Shriver, Thomas, Laura Bray, Annika Wilcox, and Adriana Szabo. 2022. Human Rights and Dissent in Hybrid Environments: The Impact of Shifting Rights Regimes. The Sociological Quarterly 63(3):541-561.

This article examines how shifting rights regimes impact the political context of social movements. It draws on archival records, in-depth interviews, and media coverage to analyze cycles of dissent within Communist Czechoslovakia between 1948 and 1977. It identifies three key features of rights regimes and illustrates how political opportunities and threats across multiple scales (domestic, regional, and international) collectively shape resistance.

Wilcox, Annika, Steve McDonald, Richard Benton, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2022. Gender Inequality in Relational Position-Taking: An Analysis of Intra-Organizational Job Mobility Networks. Social Science Research 101.

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 gender compositions, and that this inhibits the ability of workers in female-dominated jobs to be upwardly mobile. Further, this effect is exacerbated in organizations with higher levels of income inequality.

Shriver, Thomas, Annika Wilcox, and Laura Bray. 2020. Elite Cultural Work and Discursive Obstruction of Human Rights Activism.Social Currents 7(1):11-28.

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.

McDonald, Steve, Amanda K. Damarin, Jenelle Lawhorne, and Annika Wilcox. 2019. “Black Holes and Purple Squirrels: A Tale of Two Online Labor Markets.Research in the Sociology of Work 33:93-120.

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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