Laura Adler is a PhD candidate in sociology at Harvard University. Her dissertation explores how organizations set pay for new employees, identifying organizational practices and cultural ideas that reproduce and legitimize gender pay inequality. She is a 2021-22 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow. Her past research addresses the preference for precarious work among aspiring artists, state efforts to regulate the gig economy, and the cultural factors that shape whether people use their social networks to get a job. She has a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors from Yale University.