Department of Organization
I study workplace and economic inequality through the lens of gender, race, and social class. My current research investigates how gender, race, and social class influence access to earnings and capital in some of the wealthiest industries in the United States.
My recent book, entitled Hedged Out: Inequality and Insecurity on Wall Street (2022), presents an insider’s look at the inner workings of the notoriously rich and secretive U.S. hedge fund industry. The book investigates why the industry garners extreme wealth, why mostly white men benefit, and how reforming Wall Street could create a more equal society. To build on this research, I am currently conducting interviews for a comparative project on inequality in access to capital at venture capital and technology startup firms in the Silicon Valley.
My first book, Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance (2020) with Ken-Hou Lin, demonstrates why widening inequality in the United States cannot be understood without examining the rise of big finance. We investigate how the growth of the financial sector has dramatically transformed the American economy by redistributing resources from workers and families into the hands of owners, executives, and financial professionals.
Before joining IOA in June of 2020, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and Institute for Gender Research from 2017-2020. In 2017, I graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. I pursued sociology after working as a Research Analyst for BlackRock, Inc. from 2007-2010 during the global financial crisis.
Organizational Behavior (undergraduate)
Megan Tobias Neely. 2022. Hedged Out: Inequality and Insecurity on Wall Street. Berkeley, CA: University of California
Megan Tobias Neely and Donna Carmichael. 2021. “Profiting on Crisis: How Predatory Financial Investors Have Worsened Inequality in the Coronavirus Crisis.” American Behavioral Scientist 65(12): 1649–1670.
Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely. 2020. Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Megan Tobias Neely. 220. "The Portfolio Ideal Worker: Insecurity and Inequality in the New Economy". Qualitative Sociology 43: 271-296.
Megan Tobias Neely. 2020. "What Will U.S. Labor Protections Look Like After Coronavirus?". Harvard Business Review, April 2.
Megan Tobias Neely and Aliya Hamid Rao (Equal authorship). 2019. "What's Love Got To Do with It? Passion and Inequality at Work". Sociology Compass 13(12): 1-14.
Megan Tobias Neely. 2018. "Fit to Be King: How Patrimonialism on Wall Street Leads to Inequality". Socio-Economic Review 16(2): 365-385.
Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely. 2017. "Gender, Parental Status, and the Wage Premium for Working in Finance". Social Currents 4(6): 535-555.
In: Acta Sociologica, Vol. 66, No. 3, 8.2023, p. 349-350
In: Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 49, 7.2023, p. 319-338
Oakland, CA : University of California Press 2022, 336 p.
In: Between Fault Lines and Front Lines: Shifting Power in an Unequal World. . ed. /Katja Hujo; Maggie Carter. London : Bloomsbury Academic 2022, p. 62-79
In: Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 50, No. 3, 5.2021, p. 219-221
In: American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 65, No. 12, 11.2021, p. 1649-1670
In: Men and Masculinities, Vol. 23, No. 2, 6.2020, p. 395-396
New York : Oxford University Press 2020, 240 p.
In: Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 43, No. 2, 6.2020, p. 271–296
In: Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, 2.4.2020
In: Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 48, No. 4, 7.2019, p. 419-421
In: Sociology Compass, Vol. 13, No. 12, 12.2019
In: Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, 4.2018, p. 365-385
In: Gender Reckonings: New Social Theory and Research. . ed. /James W. Messerschmidt; Michael A. Messner; Raewyn Connell . : NYU Press 2018
In: Social Currents, Vol. 4, No. 6, 12.2017, p. 535-555
In: New Labor Forum, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2017, p. 95-98
In: Work and Occupations, Vol. 44, No. 2, 5.2017, p. 238-240
In: Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences : An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. . ed. /Stephen M. Kosslyn ; Robert A. Scott; Marlis C. Buchmann. Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2015
Berlin : The Women in Economics Initiative 2022
New Orleans, LA : Current Affairs 2022
In: Coronavirus: Leadership and Recovery: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review. . ed. /Martin Reeves; Nancy F. Koehn; Tsedal Neeley; Scott Berinato. Cambridge : Harvard Business Review Press 2022
Washington D.C. : American Sociological Association 15.7.2021
London : The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE 20.4.2021
Stanford, CA : Stanford University 3.6.2020
San Francisco : Medium 2.1.2020
: Economic Sociology 14.7.2020
London : The Conversation Trust 20.3.2020
Oxford : Oxford University Press 10.2.2020
Thinking Aloud: High Finance
Book Club, Episode 1: "Hedged Out" by Megan Tobias Neely
Wall Street-elite holder resten ude
Hedged Out: Inequality and Insecurity on Wall Street
Over the Hedge: Three Books on the Field’s Highs and Lows
Interview on Hedged Out
Interview med adjunkt Megan Tobias Neely
CBS-forsker: Manglen på diversitet i hedgefonde kan ramme samfundet bredt
Sådan har skyggebankerne udnyttet COVID-19-krisen
A ‘Friend of Tom’ or ‘Can’t Be Bothered’: One Man’s Rules at Bank of America
Private Equity and Hedge Funds Survived the 2008 Crisis. Now They’re Making a Killing Off COVID-19
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