University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Don Tomaskovic=Devey

Don Tomaskovic-Devey

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Interests

(Ph.D. Boston University 1984)

Organizations and Inequality, Economic Sociology, Sex, Race and Class Processes, Methodology


Don Tomaskovic-Devey studies the processes that generate workplace inequality. He has projects on the impact of financialization upon US income distribution, workplace desegregation and equal opportunity, network models of labor market structure, and relational inequality as a theoretical and empirical project. His long-term agenda is to work with others to move the social science of inequality to a more fully relational and organizational stance. He is advancing this agenda through empirical studies of jobs and workplaces, as well as social relationships between jobs within workplaces and the social relationships that link organizations to each other. This agenda is supported by principled theory and methodological projects. He is best known for his contributions to Relational Inequality Theory as well as organizational sampling and measurement methods. He is a founding member of the University of Massachusetts, Computational Social Science Institute. He is also a founding member of the EEODataNet, a network of researchers using data from and for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His testimony before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can be found here.

Awards and Honors

  • Anneliese Maier Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, January 2014-Decemeber 2018
  • 2014 Best Paper Award, Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association
  • Finalist, 2014 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research
  • Annual University Lecture, Faculty of History and Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany, June 2014
  • Visiting Scientist, Science Po, Paris, January 2014
  • Graduate Student Mentor Award, Sociology, University of Massachusetts, 2013
  • Cole Lecturer in Contemporary Issues, University of Massachusetts, 2013
  • President, Southern Sociological Association, elected Spring 2011, term 2012-2013
  • Visiting Graduate School Professorship, Bielefeld University, Germany, January 2012
  • Resident Fellow, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Bellagio Italy, Fall 2010
  • Visiting Professor, University of Stockholm, Fall 2010
  • Elected Secretary, American Sociological Association, 2006-2010
  • Elected Sociological Research Association (honorary society), 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 2002-2005

Current Grants

  • Don Tomaskovic-Devey (PI), Andrew Penner, Dustin Avent-Holt (Co-PIs). Collaborative Research Project: The Organizational Production of Earnings Inequalities, National Science Foundation, September 2015-August 2018.
  • Don Tomaskovic-Devey (PI) and Lee Badgett and Fidan Kurtulis (Co-PIs). Building an Interdisciplinary Equal Employment Opportunity Research Network and Data Capacity, September 2013-September 2016. National Science Foundation).
  • Don Tomaskovic-Devey (PI) and Ken-Hou Lin (Co-PI). Does Financialization Contribute to Growing Income Inequality? April 2013-May 2016. Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Recent Publications

  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Ken-Hou Lin, and Nathan Meyers. 2015. “Did Financialization Reduce Production?” Revise and Resubmit, Socio-Economic Review. doi:10.1093/ser/mwv009
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, MartinHällsten, and Dustin Avent-Holt. 2015. “Where do Immigrants Fare Worse? Modeling Workplace Wage Gap Variation with Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data.” American Journal of Sociology. 120:1095-1143.
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2014. “The Relational Generation of Workplace Inequalities.” Social Currents. 1:51-73.
  • Dustin Avent-Holt and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2014. “A Relational Theory of Earnings Inequality.” American Behavioral Scientist. 58:379-399.
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Ken-Hou Lin. 2013. “Financialization: Causes, Inequality Consequences, and Policy Implications.” North Carolina Banking Institute. 18:167-194.
  • Ken-Hou Lin and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2013. “Financialization and US Income Inequality, 1970-2008.” American Journal of Sociology. 118:1284-1329.
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2013. “What Might a Labor Market Look Like?” Research in the Sociology of Work. 24:45-80.
  • Ayse Yetis-Bayraktar, Michelle Budig, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2013. “From the Shop Floor to the Kitchen Floor: Maternal Occupational Complexity and Children’s Reading and Math Skills.” Work and Occupations. 40:37-64.
  • Kevin Stainback and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2012. Documenting Desegregation: Racial and Gender Segregation in Private Sector Employment since the Civil Rights Act. NY:Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Dustin Avent-Holt and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2012. “Relational Inequality: Gender Earnings Inequality in US and Japanese Manufacturing Plants in the Early 1980s.” Social Forces. 91:157-180.
  • Fidan Kurtulus and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2012. “Do Female Top Managers Help Women to Advance? A Panel Study Using EEO-1 Records” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 639:173:197.
  • Patricia Y. Warren, Eric A. Stewart, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Mar Gertz. 2012. “Whitersquo;s Residential Preferences: Reassessing the Relevance of Criminal and Economic Stereotypes.” Race and Justice. 2:231-249.
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2011. “The Politics and Practice of Sociology in the Courts.” Sociological Methods & Research. 40:621-634.
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Ken-Hou Lin. 2011. “Economic Rents and the Financialization of the US Economy.” American Sociological Review. 76:538-559.
  • Kevin Stainback, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, and Sheryl Skaggs. 2010. “Organizational Approaches to Inequality: Inertia, Relative Power, and Environments.” Annual Review of Sociology. 36:225-247.
  • Dustin Avent-Holt and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey 2010. “The Relational Basis of Inequality: Generic and Contingent Wage Distribution Processes.” Work and Occupations. 37:162-19.


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