Dissertation

My dissertation research explores the motivations of corporate political activity on social issues–like same-sex marriage, DACA, and equal pay. Why would large, influential corporations take public stances on controversial cultural issues? Is it because they want to win over young, liberal consumers or is it because they want to change public opinion, advancing the policy preferences of their corporate executives and activist employees? In my dissertation, I argue that the latter is a stronger explanation for corporate political activity on social issues.

Two working papers are available on the Research page:

  • Corporate political activity on LGBT rights and LGBT employee resource groups (available here)
  • Corporate political activity on social issues and CEO ideology (available here)