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Roberto M. Fernandez is the William F. Pounds Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Fernandez currently serves as the co-director of the Economic Sociology PhD Program and served as the head of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences area from 2008-2010. His research focuses on the areas of organizations, social networks, and race and gender stratification. Fernandez has extensive experience doing field research in organizations, including an exhaustive five-year case study of a plant retooling and relocation. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected in 14 organizations. He is the author of more than 50 articles and research papers published in top academic journals in his field.

Fernandez holds a BA in sociology from Harvard University and an MA and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.


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"What Makes Weak Ties Strong?"

Kim, Minjae and Roberto Fernandez. Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 49, (2023): 177-193.

"Networks for the Unemployed?"

Bond, Brittany, and Roberto Fernandez. In Social Networks at Work, edited by Daniel J. Brass and Stephen P. Borgatti, 275-307. New York, NY: Routledge, 2020.

"Gender Composition of Job Queues and Gender Disparities in Hiring."

Campero, Santiago, and Roberto Fernandez. Social Forces Vol. 97, No. 4 (2019): 1487-1516.

"Network Recruitment and the Glass Ceiling: Evidence from Two Firms."

Fernandez, Roberto, and Brian Rubineau. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences Vol. 5, No. 3 (2019): 88-102.

"Worker Morale and Effort: Is the Relationship Causal?"

Hassink, Wolter H.J., and Roberto Fernandez. The Manchester School Vol. 86, No. 6 (2018): 816-839.

"Once in the Door: Gender, Tryouts, and the Initial Salaries of Managers."

Sterling, Adina, and Roberto Fernandez. Management Science Vol. 64, No. 11 (2018): 5444-5460.

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