Roberto Fernandez

William F. Pounds Professor in Management
Professor of Organization Studies

Biography | Selected Publications

"Gender, Trial Employment, and Initial Salaries," Roberto M. Fernandez, Adina D. Sterling (2014)

“Gendered Musical Chairs: Job Sucession and Gender Segregation.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Gokce Basbug. Proceedings of the 65th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association Series. 2013.

Missing Links: Referrer Behavior and Job Segregation.” Rubineau, Brian and Roberto M. Fernandez (2013). Management Science 59(11): 2470-2489. (2013)

Race, Network Hiring, and Statistical Discrimination.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Jason Greenberg. Research in the Sociology of Work, 24: 81-102. (2013)

"The Causal Status of Social Capital in Labor Markets." Fernandez, Roberto, and Roman V. Galperin. [Working Paper] (2012)

"Gender Sorting and the Glass Ceiling in High Tech." Roberto M. Fernandez and Santiago Campero. [Working Paper] (2012)

Gender Sorting at the Application Interface.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Colette Friedrich. Industrial Relations 50: 591-609. (2011)

"From Metaphors to Mechanisms: Gender Sorting In(to) an Organizational Hierarchy." Roberto Fernandez, Mabel Botelho Abraham. [Working Paper] (2010)

"Glass Ceilings and Glass Doors? Internal and External Hiring in an Organizational Hierarchy." Roberto Fernandez, Mabel Botelho Abraham [Working Paper] (2010)

Networks, Race and Hiring (2010)

Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center. (2010)

Competing for Jobs: Labor Queues and Gender Sorting in the Hiring Process.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and M. Louise Mors. Social Science Research 37: 1061-80. (2008)

Race, Spatial Mismatch, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation.” Fernandez, Roberto M. Social Science Research, 37: 953-975. (2008)

Networks, Race and Hiring.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (2006). American Sociological Review 71: 42-71. (2006)

“Gendering the Job: Networks and Recruitment at a Call Center.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and M. Lourdes Sosa (2005). American Journal of Sociology, 111: 859-904. (2005)

“Space in the Study of Labor Markets.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Celina Su. Annual Review of Sociology, 30: 545-69. (2004)

“Keeping a Job: Network Hiring and Turnover in a Retail Bank.” Neckerman, Kathryn and Roberto M. Fernandez (2003). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 20: 299-318. (2003)

“How Much is That Network Worth? Social Capital in Employee Referral Networks.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Emilio J. Castilla. In Cook, Karen, Nan Lin, and Ronald S. Burt (eds.) Social Capital: Theory and Research. Chicago: Aldine-deGruyter, 2001: 85-104.

Fernandez, Roberto M. (2001). "Review of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles," by Lawrence D. Bobo, Melvin L. Oliver, James H. Johnson Jr., and Abel Valenzuela Jr., editors, (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2000) in American Journal of Sociology, 107: 509-11. (2001)

“Skill-Biased Technological Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence From a Plant Retooling.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (2001). American Journal of Sociology, 107: 273-320. (2001)

"Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center." Fernández, Roberto M., Emilio J. Castilla and Paul Moore (2000). American Journal of Sociology, 105(5): 1288-1356.  (2000)

"Structural Factors in Hispanic Youth Employment." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1998). Pp. 202-222 in Velez, William (ed.), Race and Ethnicity in the United States: An Institutional Approach. New York: General-Hall. (1998)

"Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Nancy Weinberg (1997). American Sociological Review, 62: 883-902.  (1997)

"Spatial Mismatch: Housing, Transportation and Employment in Regional Perspective." Fernandez, Roberto M. Pp. 81-99 in Weisbrod, Burton, and James Worthy (eds.), The Urban Crisis: Linking Research to Action. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. (1997)

“Who Has the Most Fortune 500 Firms? A Network Analysis of Global Economic Competition, 1956-1989.” Bergesen, Albert, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1995). Journal of World-Systems Research, 1(2).  (1995)

"A Dilemma of State Power: Brokerage and Influence in the National Health Policy Domain." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Roger V. Gould (May 1994). American Journal of Sociology, 99(6): 1455-91.

"Race, Space, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1994). Economic Geography, 70(4): 390-416. (1994)

Fernandez, Roberto M. (1993). "Review of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass," by Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993) in Contemporary Sociology, 22: 365-366.

"Policy Dilemmas in Urban Education: Addressing the Needs of Poor, At-Risk Children." Boyd, William Lowe, Vernon M. Briggs, Jr., Eugene E. Eubanks, Roberto M. Fernandez, Jeffrey A. Raffel (1993). Journal of Urban Affairs, 14: 263-290. (1993)

"Demand-Side and Supply-Side Explanations of Black Male Joblessness." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1992). Pp. 155-159 in Peterson, George, and Wayne Vroman (eds.), Urban Labor Markets and Job Opportunity. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press. (1992)

"Social Isolation and the Underclass." Fernandez, Roberto M., and David Harris (1992). Pp. 257-293 in Harrell, Adele, and George Peterson (eds.), Drugs, Crime, and Social Distress: Barriers to Urban Opportunity. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press. (1992)

"Structural Bases of Leadership in Intraorganizational Networks." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1991). Social Psychology Quarterly, 54(1): 36-53. (1991)

"Dropping Out Among Hispanic Youth." Fernandez, Roberto M., Ronnelle Paulsen and Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi (1989). Social Science Research, 18: 21-52. (1989)

"Multiorganizational Fields and Recruitment to Social Movements." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Doug McAdam (1989). International Social Movement Research, 2: 315-343. (1989)

"Structures of Mediation: A Formal Approach to Brokerage in Transaction Networks." Gould, Roger V., and Roberto M. Fernandez (1989). Sociological Methodology, 19: 89-126. (1989)

"Social Networks and Social Movements: Multiorganizational Fields and Recruitment to Mississippi Freedom Summer." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Doug McAdam (1988). Sociological Forum, 3(3): 357-382. (1988)

"Worker Power, Firm Power and the Structure of Labor Markets." Fligstein, Neil, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1988). The Sociological Quarterly, 29(1): 5-28.  (1988)

"America and the Changing Structure of Hegemonic Production." Bergesen, Albert, Roberto M. Fernandez, and Chintamani Sahoo (1987). Pp. 157-175 in Terry Boswell and Albert Bergesen (eds.), America's Changing Role in the World System. New York: Praeger. (1987)

"School-to-Work Transition Profiles of Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White High School Graduates." Holsinger, Donald B., and Roberto M. Fernandez (1987). Sociology and Social Research, 71: 211-220. (1987)

"Bilingualism and Hispanic Scholastic Achievement: Some Baseline Results." Fernandez, Roberto M., and François Nielsen (1986). Social Science Research, 15(1): 43-70. (1986)

"Educational Transitions of Whites and Mexican-Americans." Fligstein, Neil, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1985). Pp. 161-192 in Borjas, George and Marta Tienda (eds.), Hispanics in the U.S. Economy. New York: Academic Press. (1985)

"Hispanic Youth in the Labor Market: An Analysis of High School and Beyond." Fernandez, Roberto M. Pp. 410-461 in Charles Betsey, Robinson Hollister and Mary Papageorgiou (eds.) Youth Employment and Training Program: The YEDPA Years. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. 1985.

"Hispanics and Education." Fligstein, Neil, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1985). Pp. 113-146 in Cafferty, Pastora, and William McCready (eds.), Hispanics in the United States: A New Social Agenda. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Books. (1985)

"Achievement of Hispanic Students in American High Schools: Background Characteristics and Achievement." Nielsen, Francçois, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1982). Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics. (1982)

"A Multilevel Model of Life Satisfaction: Effects of Individual Characteristics and Neighborhood Composition." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Jane C. Kulik (1981). American Sociological Review, 46(6): 840-850. (1981)


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Change management; Changing work environments; Gender issues; Hiring; Labor market policy; Managing change; Managing diversity; Organizational change; Organizational culture; Organizational studies; Recruitment; Social networks; Sociology