The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Don Tomaskovic-Devey


Don Tomaskovic-Devey studies the processes that generate workplace inequality. He is the founding Director of the UMass Center for Employment Equity and the coordinator of the Comparative Organizational Inequality Network. He has projects on the impact of financialization upon U.S. 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 UMass 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.


Ph.D., Sociology, Boston University, 1984
B.A., Sociology, Fordham University, 1979

Research Areas

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

Awards & Honors

2023 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Distinguished Career Award, Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association.

2022 Scott Award for Best Paper, Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association.

Otto Mønsteds Gæsteprofessorat, Copenhagen Business School, Fall 2019, deferred to Spring 2022

2020 Devah Pager Best Paper Award, Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association.

2020 Max Weber Book Award, Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the American Sociological Association.

2020 Outstanding Book Award, Inequality, Poverty and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association.

Chair, Economic Sociology Section, American Sociological Society, 2019-2020

Visiting Scientist, University of Lujbljana, January 2018

2017 Scott Award for Best Paper (Honorable Mention), Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association

Visiting Scientist, Utrecht University, Netherlands, April 2017

Visiting Scientist, Sciences Po, Paris, February-March 2017

Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, September 2016-August 2017.

Anneliese Maier Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, January 2014-December 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, Sciences 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 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

Elected Chair, Organizations, Occupations and Work Section of the American Sociological Association, 2003

Elected, Executive Committee, Southern Sociological Society, 1996-99

Outstanding Social Science Research Award, North Carolina State University, 1989.


Recent Publications

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (panel member, co-author, primary author Chapter 8 Conclusions and Recommendations). 2022. Evaluation of Compensation Data Collected Through the EEO-1 Form. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Dustin Avent-Holt. 2019. Relational Inequalities: An Organizational Approach. Oxford University Press.

Olivier Godechot, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Paula Apascaritei, István Boza, Lasse Henriksen, Are Skeie Hermansen, Feng Hou, Naomi Kodama, Alena Křížková, Jiwook Jung, Marta Elvira, Silvia Maja Melzer, Eunmi Mun, Halil Sabanci, Max Thaning, Nina Bandelj, Alexis Baudour, David Cort, Dustin Avent-Holt, Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrčela, Zoltán Lippényi, Andrew Penner, Trond Petersen, Andreja Poje, William Rainey, Mirna Safi, Matthew Soener. Forthcoming. “The Great Separation Top Earner Segregation at Work in High-Income Countries.” American Journal of Sociology.

Carly van Mensvoort, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Tanja van der Lippe, “The impact of female and male managers and their supervisory style on perceived demanding work climate: a manager-employee linked study across organizations in the European labour market.” European Sociological Review.

Joseph King, Matthew Mendoza, Andrew Penner, Anthony Rainey, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, “Are There Within Job Gender Pay Gaps in the United States? An Analysis of Linked Employer-Employee IRS Data, 2005-2015.” Socius,

Andrew Penner, Trond Petersen, Anthony Rainey, István Boza, Marta Elvira, Olivier Godechot, Martin Hällsten, Lasse Henriksen, Are Hermansen, Feng Hou, Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrčela, Joseph King, Naomi Kodama, Tali Kristal, Alena Křížková, Zoltan Lippényi, Sylvia M. Melzer, Eunmi Mun, Patricia Apascaritei, Dustin Avent-Holt, Nina Bandelj, Gergly Hajdu, Jiwook Jung, Andrea Poje, Hali Sabanci, Mirna Safi, Matthew Soener, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Z. Tufail. Forthcoming “Within-Job Gender Pay Inequality in 15 Countries.” Nature, Human Behavior.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Carly McCann. 2021. "Employment Discrimination Charge Rates: Variation and Sources." Socius.

Jannes ten Berg and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2021. “Immigrant biased technological change: The effect of new technology implementation on native and non-Western immigrant employment in the Netherlands. Social Forces

Annika Wilcox, Steve McDonald, Richard A. Benton, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2021. “Gender Inequality in Relational Position-Taking: An Analysis of Intra-Organizational Job Mobility Networks.” Social Science Research.

Carsten Sauer, Peter Vallet, Safi Shams and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2021. “Claims Making at Work: Status Resources and Opportunity to, Actions toward, and Returns from Wage Negotiations.” American Sociological Review

Kayla Preito-Hodge and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2021. A Tale of Force: Examining Policy Proposals to Address Police Violence.” Social Currents.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Peter Jacobebbinghaus and Silvia Melzer. “The Organizational Production of German Earnings Inequalities.” PlosOne. 2020.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Anthony Rainey, Dustin Avent-Holt, Nina Bandelj, István Boza, David Cort, Olivier Godechot, Gergely Hajdu, Martin Hällsten, Lasse Folke Henriksen, Are Skeie Hermansen, Feng Hou, Jiwook Jung, Aleksandra Kanujou-Mrčela, Joe King, Naomi Kodama, Tali Kristal, Alena Křížková, Zoltán Lippényi, Silvia Maja Melzer, Eunmi Mun, Andrew Penner, Trond Petersen, Andreja Poje, Mirna Safi, Max Thaning, Zaibu Tufail. “Rising between-workplace inequalities in high-income countries.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  2020. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1918249117

Dustin Avent-Holt, Anna Hagglund, Lasse Folke Henriksen, Jiwook Jung, Naomi Kadoma, Silvia Melzer, Eunmi Mun, Anthony Rainey, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, “Occupations, Workplaces or Jobs?: An Exploration of Stratification Contexts Using Administrative Data” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.2019.

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Sharla Alegria, Kaye Husbands Fealing, Debra Fitzpatrick, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2019. “The Value of Women’s Work in Science Policy: Occupational Sex Segregation in US Science Agencies and Effects on Pay, 1994-2008.” American Journal of Sociology 125: 534-576. Sociology 125, no. 2 (September 2019): 534-576.

Andreja Poje, Aleksandra Kanujou-Mrčela, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2019. Equal Pay for Equal Work or Work of Equal Value in Practice: The Case of the Professions of Medical Nurse/Medical Technician, Police Officer, and University Professor.” Teorija in Praska. 56,1:134-161.

Safi Shams and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, 2019. “Racial and Gender Trends and Trajectories in Access to Managerial Jobs.” Social Science Research. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.12.020

Dustin Avent-Holt and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2019 “Organizations as the Building Blocks of Social Inequalities” Sociological Compass. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12655.

Melzer, Silvia Maja, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Reinhard Schunck, Peter Jacobebbinghaus. 2018. “A Relational Inequality Approach to First- and Second-Generation Immigrant Earnings in German Workplaces.” Social Forces. 97: 91–128.