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

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

Provost’s Exceptional Merit Award, University of Massachusetts, 2013, 2015

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.


Current Grants

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (PI), “Moving the Needle on Racial Employment Equity. Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2019-October 2020 ($71,545).

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (PI), “Workplace Earnings Polarization: A Four-Country Panel Analysis” National Science Foundation, July 2019-June 2021 ($277,272).

Jasmine Kerrisey (PI) and Don Tomaskovic-Devey (co-PI) and Steve Boutcher (co-PI),Public Sector Precarity: The Joint Role of Institutional and Organizational Processes. National Science Foundation, July 2019-June 2021 ($245,269).

Fidan Kurtulus (PI) and Don Tomaskovic-Devey, Estimating the Effects of Randomized OFCCP Audits on Workplace Female and Minority Composition: A Random Control Trial. Arnold Foundation January 2019- December 2020 ($$149,903).


Recent Publications

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

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.

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.