Joshua R. Bruce

Hi there!

Thanks for visiting my website. I’m a PhD candidate in sociology at Duke University, with concentrations in economic sociology and organization theory. Substantively, my research focuses on the consequences of employment dynamics for both workers and the organizations they interact with. Looking at individuals, I am especially interested in how different patterns of work experience influence employment outcomes, such as salary and managerial promotion. Turning to organizations, I examine how personnel expertise and capabilities affect technological innovation.

To address these research topics, I mostly rely on large datasets, such as US patent records1 and administrative data on federal government employees.2 I employ both conventional econometrics and newly developed computational and causal inference methods to study these phenomena.

In addition to my normal graduate student responsibilities, I am also a Project Manager at Duke's Social Science Research Institute, where I take care of administrative issues, such as IRB documentation, for the Human Capital and Career Dynamics project.

Contact Info

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Mailing Address: 417 Chapel Drive, Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708

1. Made available by the PatentsView project
2. My dissertation relies on the restricted-use Central Personnel Data File, provided by the US Office of Personnel Management