Shelley Correll

Shelley  Correll
Professor (by courtesy), Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
Professor of Sociology, School of Humanities and Sciences
Barbara D. Finberg Director, Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior


Shelley Correll is professor of sociology and (by courtesy) organizational behavior at Stanford University. She is also the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. Professor Correll teaches classes in the sociology of gender, sociology of work and social psychology. Her research is in the areas of gender, workplace dynamics and organizational culture, examining how cultural beliefs about gender and work influence the career paths of men and women.  Professor Correll has received numerous national awards for her research on the “motherhood penalty,” research that demonstrates how motherhood influences the workplace evaluations, pay and job opportunities of mothers. She is currently leading a nationwide, interdisciplinary project on “redesigning work” that evaluates how workplaces structures and practices can be better aligned with today’s workforce. She is also studying how gender stereotypes and organizational practices affect the entry and retention of women in technical professions, and how the growth of the craft beer industry affects the founding and success of women brewers.

Academic Degrees

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

Academic Appointments

  • Professor , Department of Sociology, Stanford University, 2012-present
  • Professor (courtesy), Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB, 2012-present
  • Barbara D. Finberg Director, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Research on Gender, Stanford University , 2010-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, 2008-2012
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Cornell University, 2005-2009
  • Co-Director, 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

Elise Tak, Shelley Correll, Sarah A. Soule. Social Forces. January 22, 2019, Vol. 98, Issue 2, Pages 548-577.
Alison T. Wynn, Shelley Correll. Social Studies of Science. February 2018, Vol. 48, Issue 1, Pages 149-164.
Shelley Correll. Gender & Society. December 1, 2017, Vol. 31, Issue 6, Pages 725-750.
Shelley 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 Correll, Lori Mackenzie. Harvard Business Review. Harvard University: September 13, 2016.


Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

In the Media

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences News, May 22, 2018

Insights by Stanford Business

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.