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

  • Visiting Scientist, Ljubljana University, Slovenia, January 2018
  • Visiting Scientist, Utrecht University, Netherlands, April 2017
  • Visiting Scientist, MaxPo, Paris, France, 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, Science Po, Paris, January 2014, February-April 2017
  • 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, Lee Badget, Fidan Kutulus, EEOC Research and Data Center. W.K. Kellogg Foundation. January 2017-December 2019.

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. Anneliese Maier Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, January 2014-December 2018.

Recent Publications

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

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.

Hughes, Cresean, Patricia Y. Warren, Eric A. Stewart, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Daniel P. Mears. 2017 “Racial Threat, Intergroup Contact, and School Punishment.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. DOI: 0022427816689811

Anja-Kristin Abendroth, Silvia Maja Melzer, Alexandra Kalev, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. 2017. “Women at Work: Women’s Access to Power and the Gender Earning Gap.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 70: 190-222.

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, Martin Hällsten, 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 U.S. 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.

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 U.S. 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. “White's Residential Preferences: Reassessing the Relevance of Criminal and Economic Stereotypes.” Race and Justice. 2:231-249.