SEAN WAITE Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland
My primary research interests include work, labour markets, social stratification, and wage inequality. In particular, I am interested in how gender and sexual orientation influence human capital acquisition, labour market choices/constraints, and earnings. My research with Nicole Denier was some of the first to identify a wage hierarchy by both gender and sexual orientation in the Canadian labour market. We are currently working collaboratively on a mixed method research project that explores the labour market experiences of Canada’s LGBTQ population (www.LGBTQATWORK.ca). This project combines quantitative data analysis, semi-structured interviews and an experimental audit study. I am also interested the size and sources of the gender wage gap in Canada, particularly labour market disadvantage for highly educated women who are working in highly paid occupations.