Jon Shafran

Research interests: work and occupations, disciplinary cultures, body/embodiment, gender in STEM

I study the interplay between STEM labor, gender, and work on the body. My research explores the embodied aspects of labor in contemporary science, technology, and engineering fields as well as the ways in which disciplinary cultures shape how bodies matter for workers. My dissertation is a comparative qualitative case study that examines the often invisible additional labor that women undertake in professions that are male-dominated or stereotyped as masculine. There is scant comparative research on how STEM professionals navigate cultural fit across fields. I compare how men and women in the life sciences and technology perceive their workplace cultures, and I argue that they engage in gendered impression management strategies in order to demonstrate their professional credibility. These activities include attire choices, emotion management, and communication styles.