Balancing Research and Service in Academia: Gender, Race, and Laboratory Tasks
Gender & Society
Sage Publications, Inc.
NSF, Division of Graduate Education (DGE) 1760894
NSF, Division of Graduate Education (DGE)
Our study highlights specific ways in which race and gender create inequality in the workplace. Using in-depth interviews with 67 biology PhD students, we show how engagement with research and service varies by both gender and race. By considering the intersection between gender and race, we find not only that women biology graduate students do more service than men, but also that racial and ethnic minority men do more service than white men. White men benefit from a combination of racial and gender privilege, which places them in the most advantaged position with respect to protected research time and opportunities to build collaborations and networks beyond their labs. Racial/ethnic minority women emerge as uniquely disadvantaged in terms of their experiences relative to other groups. These findings illuminate how gendered organizations are also racialized, producing distinct experiences for women and men from different racial groups, and thus contribute to theorizing the intersectional nature of inequality in the workplace.
Miller, Candace, and Josipa Roksa. “Balancing Research and Service in Academia: Gender, Race, and Laboratory Tasks.” Gender & Society, vol. 34, no. 1, Feb. 2020, pp. 131–152, doi:10.1177/0891243219867917.