Journal Articles


Hora, M. T. (2020). Hiring as cultural gatekeeping into occupational communities: implications for higher education and student employability. Higher Education, 79(2), 307-324.

Benbow, R. J., & Lee, C. (2019). Teaching-focused social networks among college faculty: exploring conditions for the development of social capital. Higher Education, 78(1), 67-89.

Wolfgram, M., Vivona, B., & Akram, T. (Under review). On the intersectional amplification of barriers to college internships: A comparative case study analysis.

Benbow, R.J., Lee, C., & Hora, M.T. (2020). Exploring college faculty development in 21st-century skill instruction: an analysis of teaching-focused personal networks, Journal of Further and Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2020.1826032.

Hora, M.T., Chen, Z., Parrott, E., & Her, P. (2020). Problematizing college internships: Exploring issues with access, program design, and developmental outcomes in three U.S. colleges. International Journal of Work Integrated Learning, 21 (3), 235-252.

Hora, M.T., Parrott, E., & Her, P. (2020) How do students conceptualise the college internship experience? Toward a student-centred approach to designing and implementing internships. Journal of Education and Work, 33 (1), 48-66.

Hora, M.T., Newman, R.T., Hemp, R., Brandon, J. & Wu, Y. (2020). Re-framing student employability: From commodifying the self to supporting student, worker and societal well-being. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52(1), 37-45.

Chin, M.Y., Cohen, C.A.B., Hora, M.T. (2020).  Examining US business undergraduates’ use of career information sources during career exploration. Emerald Insight.


Smolarek, B. B., & Scrivener, L. (2019). Examining business-driven education reform by new policy actors: a discursive analysis of UpSkill Houston. Journal of Education Policy, 1-18.

Hora, M.T., Smolarek, B., Martin, K.N. & Scrivener, L. (2019). Exploring the situated and cultural aspects of communication in the professions: Implications for teaching, student employability, and equity in higher education. American Educational Research Journal, 56 (6), 2221-2261.


Benbow, R., & Hora, M.T. (2018). Reconsidering college student employability: A cultural analysis of educator and employer conceptions of workplace skills. Harvard Educational Review 88 (4), 483-515.

Hora, M., Benbow, R., & Smolarek, B. (2018). Re-thinking Soft Skills and Student Employability: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 50 (6), 30-37.

Hora, M.T. (2018). Beyond the skills gap: How the vocationalist framing of higher education undermines student, employer, and societal interests.  Liberal Education, 104 (2).  Association of American Colleges & Universities. 

Smolarek, B., & Hora, M.T. (2018). Examining faculty reflective practice: A call for critical awareness and institutional support. The Journal of Higher Education, 89 (4), 553-581.

Hora, M.T. & Blackburn Cohen, C. (2018). Cultural capital at work: How cognitive and non-cognitive skills are taught, trained, and rewarded in a Chinese technical college. Community College Review, 46 (4), 388-416.

In Progress

Smolarek, B. B., Wolfgram, M., Vang, MN., Xiong, C. Lee, L. Lee, P., Thao, M., Vang, K., Xiong, P. K., Xiong, O., & Xiong, P. (Under Review). Our HMoob American College Paj Ntaub: Student-led Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) as Counter-Invisibility Work.