Shelley J. Correll

Shelley J. Correll
Professor (by courtesy), Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
Michelle Mercer and Bruce Golden Family Professor of Women’s Leadership, School of Humanities and Sciences
Professor of Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Additional Administrative Titles

Director, Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab


Shelley J. Correll is professor of sociology and (by courtesy) organizational behavior at Stanford University, where she directs the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and previously directed the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her expertise is in the areas of gender, workplace dynamics, and organizational culture.

Correll is committed to uncovering and removing the biases and barriers that limit women’s full participation in society. Her research on the “motherhood penalty” demonstrates how motherhood influences the workplace evaluations, pay, and job opportunities of mothers. Her current research uncovers how gender stereotypes and organizational practices limit the advancement and retention of women in technical jobs. Correll has published more than 30 articles on these topics. Correll’s research has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Distinguished Article Award, Sex and Gender section; from the American Sociological Association, the 2009 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work Family Research; and recognition for Extraordinary Contribution to Work Family Research in 2018.

With her colleagues, Correll is currently designing and evaluating “small wins” interventions to increase diversity and inclusion outcomes in modern workplaces. Her research has been profiled in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and other leading media publications.

Correll is an award-winning teacher and mentor. In 2016, she was awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award and in 2017, the SWS Feminist Mentor Award, both from Sociologists for Women in Society. Correll has conducted executive seminars and management development programs internationally. She frequently teaches in Executive Education at Stanford Graduate School of Business, including in the first LGBTQ executive education program offered by a top business school. She is codirector of the Program for Women Leaders in Major League Baseball at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

In addition to her teaching and research activities, Correll has been an active change agent in academia, having earned the Alice H. Cook and Constance E. Cook Award, Cornell University in 2008, for work to improve the climate for women at Cornell and elsewhere, and more recently, through her work as the Clayman Institute director. Under Correll’s directorship, the Clayman Institute received the 2019 President’s Awards for Excellence Through Diversity.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Stanford University, 2001
  • MA, Stanford University, 1996
  • BS, Texas A&M University, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • Michelle Mercer and Bruce Golden Family Professor of Women’s Leadership, Stanford University, 2019–present
  • Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, 2012–present
  • Professor (by courtesy), Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB, 2012–present
  • Barbara D. Finberg Director, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Research on Gender, Stanford University, 2010–2019
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, 2008–2012
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Cornell University, 2005–2009
  • Codirector, Cornell NSF ADVNACE Center, Cornell University, 2006–2008
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Cornell University, 2003–2005
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001–2003


Journal Articles

Shelley J. Correll, Katherine R. Weisshaar, Alison T. Wynn, JoAnne Delfino Wehner. American Sociological Review. December 2020, Vol. 85, Issue 6, Pages 1022–1050.
Elise Tak, Shelley J. Correll, Sarah A. Soule. Social Forces. January 22, 2019, Vol. 98, Issue 2, Pages 548-577.
Alison T. Wynn, Shelley J. Correll. Social Studies of Science. February 2018, Vol. 48, Issue 1, Pages 149-164.
Shelley J. Correll. Gender & Society. December 1, 2017, Vol. 31, Issue 6, Pages 725-750.
Shelley J. Correll, Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Ezra W. Zuckerman, Sharon Jank, Sara Jordan-Bloch, Sandra Nakagawa. American Sociological Review. April 1, 2017, Vol. 82, Issue 2, Pages 297-327.

Other Publications

Shelley J. Correll, Lori Mackenzie. Harvard Business Review. Harvard University: September 13, 2016.


Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

In the Media

Harvard Business Review, October 17, 2019
Harvard Business Review, January 11, 2019
Harvard Business Review, October 1, 2018
Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences News, May 22, 2018
Harvard Business Review, April 29, 2016

Insights by Stanford Business

June 8, 2020
Beware of letting the COVID-19 crisis exacerbate established biases, warns a focus group of corporate and nonprofit leaders.
March 29, 2019
Gender bias can negatively affect what we think about products made by women, especially in male-oriented markets.
December 19, 2018
Stanford GSB faculty recommend books, articles, and movies related to the concept.
May 22, 2018
The problem isn’t just the pipeline. Companies struggle to attract women through bad recruiting practices.
April 19, 2018
Stanford GSB professors recommend their favorite books and articles related to the concept.
January 16, 2018
Modest, daily actions that target bias are the “building blocks to larger change.”
July 28, 2016
Why women have stalled and what can be done about it.