Department of Sociology, University of Virginia
Elizabeth Gorman is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard. Before beginning her graduate studies in sociology, she practiced law for five years in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Professor Gorman teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on organizations, work, gender, and quantitative methods.
Professor Gorman's research interests lie in the areas of organizations, work, professions, and gender and other bases of inequality. One focus examines gender differences in mobility and attainment within organizations, with a special emphasis on professional settings. For example, her 2009 article in the American Journal of Sociology (with Julie Kmec) develops a theoretical framework for expecting that women’s promotion rates decline at higher organizational levels (the “glass ceiling” phenomenon) and applies the framework to empirical data on law firms. Another article in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science (with Fiona Kay) reviews and synthesizes the literature on women in the legal profession. She served as a guest-editor (with Rebecca Sandefur) for a special issue of the journal Work and Occupations on professional work from 2009-2011 and has held multiple other editorial positions for publications such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Gender & Society.