Erin Kelly


Erin Kelly


Erin L. Kelly is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management and affiliated with the Institute for Work and Employment Research.

Erin’s research investigates the adoption, implementation, and consequences of work-family and anti-discrimination policies in U.S. workplaces. She is part of the Work, Family and Health Network, which was supported by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control. Kelly has also investigated non-compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, how U.S. companies manage flexible work arrangements, and the effects of corporate affirmative action, diversity, and family policies on the representation of white women, women of color, and men of color in managerial and professional positions.

Kelly received the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Work-Family Research and has published articles in leading journals including the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology.

Prior to her appointment at MIT Sloan, Erin held the Martindale Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota and an affiliate of the Minnesota Population Center and the Life Course Center.  She was also a member of the graduate faculty at the Carlson School of Management.

She received her BA in sociology from Rice University and her MA and PhD in sociology from Princeton University.


Erin Kelly recognized for work-family research


"Effects of a Flexibility/Support Intervention on Work Performance: Evidence From the Work, Family, and Health Network."

Bray, Jeremy W., Jesse M. Hinde, David J. Kaiser, Michael J. Mills, Georgia T. Karuntzos, Katie R. Genadek, Erin L. Kelly, Ellen E. Kossek, and David A. Hurtado. American Journal of Health Promotion. Forthcoming.

"Partners’ Overwork and Individuals’ Wellbeing and Experienced Relationship Quality."

​Shafer, Emily Fitzgibbons, Erin L. Kelly, Orfeu Buxton, and Lisa F. Berkman. Community, Work & Family. Forthcoming.

"Perceived Time Adequacy Improves Daily Well-being: Day-to-day Linkages and the Effects of a Workplace Intervention."

Lee, Soomi, Susan M. McHale, Ann C. Crouter, Erin L. Kelly, Orfeu M. Buxton, and David M. Almeida. Community, Work, & Family Vol. 20, No. 5 (2017): 500-522.

"Can a Flexibility/Support Initiative Reduce Turnover Intentions and Exits? Results from the Work, Family, and Health Network."

Moen, Phyllis, Erin Kelly, J. Michael Oakes, Shi-Rong Lee, Jeremy Bray, David Almeida, Leslie Hammer, David Hurtado, and Orfeu Buxton. Social Problems Vol. 64, No. 1 (2017): 53-85.

"Men and Women Expecting to Work Longer: Do Changing Work Conditions Matter?"

Moen, Phyllis, Erik Kojola, Erin Kelly, and Yagmur Karakaya. Work, Aging and Retirement Vol. 2, No. 3 (2016): 321-344.

"Effects of a Workplace Intervention on Affective Well-being in Employees’ Children."

Lawson, Katie, Kelly Davis, Susan McHale, David Almeida, Erin Kelly, and Rosalind King. Developmental Psychology Vol. 52, No. 5 (2016): 772-777.

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