Megan Tobias Neely is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab. Megan studies gender, race, and social class inequality in the workplace and the labor force. She is also a Senior Researcher and Sociologist at Exponential Talent LLC. Megan strives to dismantle barriers to equity in the workplace and currently serves on the Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment Working Group at the National Institutes of Health. As a 2017-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, Megan served as Faculty Mentor for the 2018-2019 Graduate Voice and Influence Program. She earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Megan’s current research projects investigate how gender, race, and social class influence access to earnings and capital in some of the wealthiest industries in the United States. On this topic, she is writing a book, entitled Hedged Out: Inequality and Insecurity on Wall Street, that explores the U.S. hedge fund industry as a case for understanding why white men are overrepresented among top earners. To build on this research, she is currently conducting interviews for a comparative project on inequality in access to capital at venture capital and technology startup firms.
Megan pursued sociology after working as a Research Analyst for BlackRock, Inc. from 2007-2010. This experience inspired her to study the financial services industry, specifically the mechanisms that reproduce workplace inequality on Wall Street and how the financial sector perpetuates inequality in society at large. With Ken-Hou Lin, Megan has a forthcoming book on why current trends in rising inequality cannot be understood without examining the rise of big finance. Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance will be released in December of 2019.