Professor Sharla Alegria on women in the tech sector

The Faculty of Arts and Science recently profiled Professor Sharla Alegria’s research on the tech sector.  Focusing partly on Professor Alegria’s recently published in article in Gender & Society, the article also speaks broadly about Alegria’s passion for her research in the sociology of work.

Sharla Alegria is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on inequality in new economy, knowledge-based work studies women in the tech center.

We have posted an excerpt of the profile below. The full text is available here.

Researching rapidly changing tech sector ‘exciting and terrifying’: sociologist Sharla Alegria

December 5, 2019 by Jovana Jankovic – A&S News

Sharla Alegria is working on work.

“I care an awful lot about work in general,” says the sociologist who joined the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Department of Sociology as an assistant professor earlier this fall.

“Work is a huge part of our lives, of how we think about ourselves and compare ourselves to others. It’s also a driver of inequality because your job determines whether you can feed yourself and live a nice life.”

Alegria’s research delves primarily into racial and gender inequality. Her work attempts to evaluate how, why and in what form inequalities persist — and what the implications are for workers’ lives.

In particular, she’s taken an interest in the technology sector, studying the career trajectories of women in tech — a project detailed in a recent paper published in the journal Gender and Society.

Read the full article here.