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. In addition to external economic explanations–internal explanations can also account for corporate engagement with social issues.
Two dissertation chapters are available as working papers on the Research section of this website: