Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Inside Higher Ed, Are Academics Disproportionately Gay?:
Academic work is often solitary, but succeeding in the professoriate arguably requires social acumen. So is that why gay men and women are disproportionately represented among academics? A new study investigating the phenomenon of “occupational segregation” argues that certain jobs -- including that of professor -- are particularly appealing to gay men and lesbians for these reasons.
Concealable Stigma and Occupational Segregation: Toward a Theory of Gay and Lesbian Occupations originally was published by Administrative Science Quarterly and featured recently in the London School of Economics and Political Science's Business Review blog.
Written by András Tilcsik, an assistant professor of strategic management at the University of Toronto; Michael Anteby, an associate professor of organizational behavior at Boston University; and Carly R. Knight, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Harvard University, it seeks to build on largely idiosyncratic explanations for why gay men and women seem to be represented in some jobs more than others.