David Pedulla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. His research interests include race and gender stratification, labor markets, and economic and organizational sociology. Specifically, his research agenda examines the consequences of non-standard, contingent, and precarious employment for workers’ social and economic outcomes as well as the processes leading to race and gender labor market stratification. David’s research has appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and other academic journals. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the UC-Davis Center for Poverty Research, among other organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Sociology

Professional Education

  • PhD, Princeton University

2019-20 Courses

Stanford Advisees

  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Livia Baer-Bositis, Esha Chatterjee, Christianne Corbett, Chloe Hart, Katariina Mueller-Gastell, Taylor Orth, Emma Tsurkov
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Julia Melin
  • Doctoral Dissertation Co-Advisor (AC)
    Katie Wullert
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Sophie Allen

All Publications

  • Race and Networks in the Job Search Process AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW Pedulla, D. S., Pager, D. 2019
  • Nonstandard Work and the Job Search Process: Application Pools, Search Methods, and Perceived Job Quality RSF-THE RUSSELL SAGE JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES Pedulla, D. S., Mueller-Gastell, K. 2019; 5 (4): 130–58
  • How Race and Unemployment Shape Labor Market Opportunities: Additive, Amplified, or Muted Effects? SOCIAL FORCES Pedulla, D. S. 2018; 96 (4): 1477–1506

    View details for DOI 10.1093/sf/soy002

    View details for Web of Science ID 000434097300013

  • Emerging Frontiers in Audit Study Research: Mechanisms, Variation, and Representativeness Audit Studies: Behind the Scenes with Theory, Method, and Nuance Pedulla, D. S. Springer. 2018: 179–195
  • Masculinity and the Stalled Revolution: How Gender Ideologies and Norms Shape Young Men's Responses to Work-Family Policies GENDER & SOCIETY Thebaud, S., Pedulla, D. S. 2016; 30 (4): 590-617
  • Educational Authority in the ""Open Door'' Marketplace: Labor Market Consequences of For-profit, Nonprofit, and Fictional Educational Credentials SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION Deterding, N. M., Pedulla, D. S. 2016; 89 (3): 155-170
  • Penalized or Protected? Gender and the Consequences of Nonstandard and Mismatched Employment Histories AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW Pedulla, D. S. 2016; 81 (2): 262-289
  • *Can We Finish the Revolution? Gender, Work-Family Ideals, and Institutional Constraint AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW Pedulla, D. S., Thebaud, S. 2015; 80 (1): 116-139
  • Race, Self-Selection, and the Job Search Process AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY Pager, D., Pedulla, D. S. 2015; 120 (4): 1005-1054


    While existing research has documented persistent barriers facing African-American job seekers, far less research has questioned how job seekers respond to this reality. Do minorities self-select into particular segments of the labor market to avoid discrimination? Such questions have remained unanswered due to the lack of data available on the positions to which job seekers apply. Drawing on two original data sets with application-specific information, we find little evidence that blacks target or avoid particular job types. Rather, blacks cast a wider net in their search than similarly situated whites, including a greater range of occupational categories and characteristics in their pool of job applications. Additionally, we show that perceptions of discrimination are associated with increased search breadth, suggesting that broad search among African-Americans represents an adaptation to labor market discrimination. Together these findings provide novel evidence on the role of race and self-selection in the job search process.

    View details for DOI 10.1086/681072

    View details for Web of Science ID 000353970900001

    View details for PubMedID 26046224

  • Material Welfare and Changing Political Preferences: The Case of Support for Redistributive Social Policies SOCIAL FORCES Owens, L. A., Pedulla, D. S. 2014; 92 (3): 1087-1113

    View details for DOI 10.1093/sf/sot101

    View details for Web of Science ID 000331466800010

  • The Positive Consequences of Negative Stereotypes Race, Sexual Orientation, and the Job Application Process SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY Pedulla, D. S. 2014; 77 (1): 75-94
  • The Hidden Costs of Contingency: Employers' Use of Contingent Workers and Standard Employees' Outcomes SOCIAL FORCES Pedulla, D. S. 2013; 92 (2): 691-722

    View details for DOI 10.1093/sf/sot081

    View details for Web of Science ID 000327550000011