Erin Reid

Associate Professor
Human Resources and Management
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4

Erin Reid (Ph.D. Harvard University) studies how men and women navigate careers when work is time-consuming and precarious. Her research helps explain the social roots of gender inequality, the importance of relationships and the pull of idealized professional selves in people’s career paths. She has been recognized as one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under the age of 40, listed as a Radar Thinker by Thinkers50, and named a Change Agent by Canadian Business. Erin’s research has been published in leading academic journals and management outlets such as Harvard Business Review. Her work has been profiled in media such as the New York Times, Globe and Mail, The Atlantic and Fast Company. She currently teaches in DeGroote’s MBA program.

Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D., Organizational Behavior & Sociology, Harvard University 
A.M., Harvard University 
M.Sc., Queen’s University 
B.Comm., McMaster University 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Kahn, W., Barton, M., Fisher, C. M., Heaphy, E. D., Reid, E. & Rouse, E. Forthcoming. The geography of strain: Organizational resilience as a function of intergroup dynamics. Academy of Management Review.

Reid, EM. and L. Ramarajan. 2016. “Managing the High Intensity Workplace.” Harvard Business Review (magazine), June.

 Reid, EM. 2015. “Embracing, Passing, Revealing and the Ideal Worker Image: How People Navigate Expected and Experienced Professional Identities.” Organization Science, 26(4): 997-1017.

 Reid, EM. 2015. “Why Some Men Pretend to Work 80 Hour Weeks.” Harvard Business Review (digital article), published April 28.

  • Among top 20 most-read blogs, 2015
  • Invited Companion Podcast: “Why we Pretend to be Workaholics.” HBR Ideacast, May 7, 2015
  • Reprinted in Indian Management, December 2015

 Ramarajan, L. and EM. Reid [equal authorship]. 2013. “Shattering the Myth of Separate Worlds: Negotiating Non-Work Identities at Work.” Academy of Management Review, 38(4): 621-644.

 Ramarajan, L. and EM. Reid. 2013. “Changes in Work, Changes in Self? Managing our Work and Non-work Identities in an Integrated World.” The European Business Review, Sept/Oct 2013, 61-64.

 Reid, EM. 2013. “Doing Gender.” In Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, Vicky Smith (Ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Reid, EM. 2011. “Passing as Superman: The Ideal Worker and Men’s Professional Identities.” In Leslie A. Toombs (Ed.), Best Paper Proceedings of the Seventy-First Academy of Management.

  • 2011 Emerald Best Student Paper Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management

Reid, EM. and MW. Toffel. 2009. “Responding to Public and Private Politics: Corporate Disclosure of Climate Change Strategies.” Strategic Management Journal, 30(11): 1157-1178. 

Tucker, S, N. Turner, J. Barling, EM. Reid, and C. Elving. 2006. “Apologies and Transformational Leadership.” Journal of Business Ethics, 63(2): 195-207.


2017-2019 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $49,920
2016 McMaster Arts Research Board Standard Grant, $5,950
2016 Change Agent, Canadian Business
2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award, MOC Division, Academy of Management
2016 Named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40, Poets and Quants
2016 Thinkers50, Radar Thinker
2015 Thinkers50, Radar Award Shortlist
2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award, MOC Division, Academy of Management
2014 Nominee, William Newman Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management
2013 Peter Paul Career Development Professor, Boston University (2013-2016)



Best Poster Award, Positive Organizational Scholarship Conference, University of Michigan

Diamond in the Rough Award (Best Student Proposal), Cognition in the Rough PDW, Academy of Management

2011 Emerald Best Student Paper Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management
2010 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist
2009 Outstanding Reviewer Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management
2009 Distinction, Ph.D. Qualifying Paper, Harvard University
2006-2010 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship
2003 Queen’s School of Business Scholarship
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