Dr Steve McDonald


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Teaching and Research Interests

  • Social Networks / Social Capital
  • Work & Labor Markets
  • Internet & Society
  • Mentoring
  • Aging and the Life Course


Selected examples (see vita for full list)

  • Steve McDonald, Amanda Damarin, Jenelle Lawhorne, and Annika Wilcox. (2019) “Black Holes and Purple Squirrels: A Tale of Two Online Labor Markets.” Research in the Sociology of Work 33: 93-120.
  • Steve McDonald and Richard A. Benton. (2017) “The Structure of Internal Job Mobility and Organizational Wage Inequality” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 47:21-31.
  • Steve McDonald, Lindsay Hamm, James R. Elliott, and Pete Knepper. (2016) “Race, Place, and Unsolicited Job Leads: How the Ethnoracial Structure of Local Labor Markets Shapes Employment Opportunities.” Social Currents 3(2):118-137.
  • Steve McDonald. (2015) “Network Effects across the Earnings Distribution: Visible and Invisible Job Finding Assistance in the Labor Market.” Social Science Research 49:299-313. 
  • Steve McDonald and Joshua Lambert. (2014) “The Long Arm of Mentoring: A Counterfactual Analysis of Natural Youth Mentoring and Employment Outcomes in Early Careers.” American Journal of Community Psychology 54:262-273.
  • Steve McDonald. (2011) “What's in the "Old Boys" Network? Accessing Social Capital in Gendered and Racialized Networks.” Social Networks 33:317-330.
  • Steve McDonald. (2010). "Right Place, Right Time: Serendipity and Informal Job Matching." Socio-Economic Review 8:307-331. 
  • Steve McDonald, Nan Lin, and Dan Ao. (2009). "Networks of Opportunity: Gender, Race and Unsolicited Job Leads." Social Problems 56:385-402.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology from Florida State University, 2004
  • M.S. in Sociology from Florida State University, 1999
  • B.S. in Sociology from Florida State University, 1997