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Bobbi Thomason, PhD Assistant Professor of Applied Behavioral Science

Bobbi Thomason, PhD

Assistant Professor of Applied Behavioral Science
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Thomason's research explores how individuals of traditionally under-represented social categories work and pursue their careers globally. She is particularly interested in how individuals overcome inequality and social hierarchies in order to attain career rewards and resources. This includes how they navigate leadership positions, financial compensation and social status. Her research also considers how individuals shape the social structures, organizations,and families around them in the process of attaining career rewards and resources. The first stream of her research is focused on gender, a category that creates stark hierarchies in the world of work. Dr. Thomason's work contributes to existing scholarship by focusing on how women overcome professional barriers to their career ascension. This is further explored in how gender intersects with other identities, such as nationality. Within the second stream of her research, she explores the implications of other social categories in individuals' work and careers. Within this second stream, she is specifically interested in the experience and perception of locals, and how the locals impact the global employment market at large. 

Dr. Thomason has worked in conflict management consulting and as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the International Researcher for Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. She is also a contributor to the Lean In Foundation. Dr. Thomason and her work have been featured in national and international media. Some of the media platforms include The Huffington Post, Business Insider, PRI's The World, Smithsonian Magazine,  KQED Radio, and more.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering

  • Masters of Arts, Columbia University, Eastern European Studies

  • Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, International Politics. Concentration: Policy Processes (cum laude)

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Lindsey Cameron, Bobbi Thomason*, and Vanessa Conzon*. “Risky Business: Gig Workers Maintaining the Ideal Worker Expectations During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (conditionally accepted at Journal of Applied Psychology; *shared second authorship)
  • Hannah Riley Bowles, Bobbi Thomason, and Inmaculada Macias-Alonso. “Gender in Negotiation: A Diagnostic Tool for Interpreting and Predicting Organizational Effects.” In press at Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior.
  • Bobbi Thomason. (2021) “Ideal or Idiosyncratic: How Women Manage Work-Family Role Conflict with Focal and Peripheral Role Senders.” Organization Science.
  • Bobbi Thomason and Inmaculada Macias-Alonso. (2020) “COVID-19 and Raising the Value of Care.” Gender, Work and Organization. 27, 705-708.
  • Hannah Riley Bowles, Bobbi Thomason, and Julia Bear. “Reconceptualizing Women’s Career Negotiations: Asking, Bending and Shaping.” Academy of Management Journal. (in press)
  • May Al-Dabbagh, Hannah Riley Bowles, and Bobbi Thomason*. “Status Reinforcement in Emerging Economies: The Psychological Experience of Local Candidates Striving for Global Employment.” Organization Science. 2016.
    *Authors are listed in alphabetical order; all contributed equally to the paper.
  • Sara Vaerlander, Pamela Hinds, Bobbi Thomason, Brandi Pearce and Heather Altman. “Enacting a Constellation of Logics: How Employees Recontextualize Practices in Global Organizations.” Academy of Management Discoveries. 2016.


  • Hannah Riley Bowles and Bobbi Thomason. “Using Research to Generate Advice for Women: Examples from Negotiation Research” in Selection and Assessment of Women and Men as Business Leaders: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions, Eds. Isabell M. Welpe, Prisca Brosi, Lisa Ritzenhöfer and Tanja Schwarzmüller. 2015.

Other Writing

  • Joseph Lubin, Mally Anderson and Bobbi Thomason, “Blockchain for Global Development”, MIT Innovations, July 2018.
  • Hannah Riley Bowles, Bobbi Thomason, and May Al-Dabbagh, “When Men Have Lower Status at Work, They’re Less Likely to Negotiate,” Harvard Business Review Online, September 8, 2017.
  • Bobbi Thomason. “Conclusion: The Internet of Women’s Role in Catalyzing Global Gender Equality.” The Internet of Women: Accelerating Cultural Change, Eds. Nada Anid, Laurie Cantileno, Monique Morrow and Rahilla Zafar. September 2016.
  • Bobbi Thomason. “The Potential of Women in Management & Organizations.” The Excellent Organization, April-June 2015. Tehran, Iran.
  • Christopher Marquis and Bobbi Thomason. “Leadership and The First and Last Mile of Sustainability.” Ivey Business Journal. September/October 2010.