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Owen Graduate School of Management
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Allison Elias is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research investigates historical and contemporary issues of gender and diversity in organizations, with a particular focus on the ways that social movements become translated into corporate policies and practices. Her forthcoming book (Columbia University Press), at the intersection history, gender, and management studies, charts the trajectory of modern feminism at work by tracing the changing nature of secretarial work from the 1960s to the present.

Before coming to Wharton, Dr. Elias taught at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, where she was also appointed a Fellow in the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence. Previously, she was on faculty at Cornell University in the ILR School and the SC Johnson College of Business. Dr. Elias received her doctorate in History from the University of Virginia, where she worked during graduate school as a research associate at the Darden School of Business.

Publications

Elias’ research has been published in various edited collections and journals. I am writing a book (under contract with Columbia University Press) about women’s workplace activism in U.S. corporations from the 1960s-1990s, revealing contested meanings of feminism and divergent understandings of meritocracy.

Teaching

Before coming to Owen, Elias taught undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell University in the ILR School and the SC Johnson College of Business. She has also taught practioners in the HRL field.

Research Interests

Elias’ research interests are historical and contemporary issues of gender and diversity in organizations, social mobility, and career ladders.

Education

  • B.A., Studies in Women and Gender, University of Virginia, 2002
  • Ph.D, History, University of Virginia, 2013

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