Maureen Cowhey

Maureen Cowhey

Graduate Student


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Maureen is a sociology PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on the sociology of gender, work, and stratification with an emphasis on public policy applications. She utilizes data analysis, experiments, and survey methods to understand inequality in labor markets. Previous research includes examinations of the wage impacts of workplace sexual harassment and the gender distribution of non-promotable tasks in the workplace.

Maureen received her B.A. from Scripps College in Economics and English. After graduating, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in the Division of Financial Stability.

Outside of school, she enjoys making cheese, petting cows, going for long walks, reading for fun, and finding the best breakfast burrito in LA.


  • B.A., Economics & English – Scripps College, 2019


Fields of Study

Gender & Sexuality, Social Stratification & Mobility, Work & Occupations, Public Policy, Quantitative Methods


  • Cowhey, Maureen, Seung Jung Lee, Thomas Popeck Spiller, and Cindy M. Vojtech (2022). “Sentiment in Bank Examination Reports and Bank Outcomes,” Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2022-077. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,
  • Ihrig, Jane, Cindy M. Vojtech, Gretchen C. Weinbach, and Maureen Cowhey (2021). “How Dynamic is Bank Liquidity, Including when the COVID-19 Pandemic First Set In?,” FEDS Notes. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 30, 2021,

Awards & Grants

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Recipient, 2022-2027
  • Susan Kellogg Award in the Sociology of Gender at UCLA, 2022-2023
  • Hearst Foundation Undergraduate Pre-thesis Fellow, 2018
  • Presidential Scholarship at Scripps College, 2015-2019

Conference Presentations


  • Jennie Brand
  • Natasha Quadlin