Janet Xu

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Janet Xu

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Research Statement

Janet Xu studies how people and organizations define, evaluate, and make claims about diversity. Her work investigates how diversity is portrayed and rationalized in labor markets, institutionalized in policies and initiatives, and ascribed value by organizational decision-makers. She uses original field and survey experiments, administrative records, and digital traces to examine the consequences of these social construction processes.

Research Interests

  • Economic Sociology
  • Diversity
  • Labor Markets
  • Evaluation Systems and Processes
  • Inequality


Janet Xu received her PhD in sociology from Princeton University and her BA in sociology and public policy from the University of Chicago. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in the Inequality in America Initiative.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Sociology, Princeton University, 2021
  • BA in Sociology and Public Policy, University of Chicago, 2014


Journal Articles

Janet Xu, Aliya Saperstein, Ann Morning, Sarah Iverson
October 2021 Vol. 58 Issue 5 Pages 1603–1630
Maria Abascal, Janet Xu, Delia Baldassarri
Science Advances
March 2021 Vol. 7 Issue 11

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