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


"Cardiometabolic Risks Associated with Work-to-family Conflict: Findings from the Work Family Health Network."

​O'Donnell, Emily M., Lisa F. Berkman, Erin L. Kelly, Leslie B. Hammer, Jessica Marden, and Orfeu M. Buxton. Community, Work and Family Vol. 22, No. 2 (2019): 203-228.

"Job Strain, Time Strain, and Well-being: A Longitudinal, Person-centered Approach in Two Industries."

Fan, Wen, Phyllis Moen, Erin Kelly, Leslie Hammer, and Lisa F. Berkman. Journal of Vocational Behavior Vol. 110, No. A (2019): 102-116.

"Worker Voice in America: Is There a Gap between What Workers Expect and What They Experience?"

​Kochan, Thomas A., Duanyi Yang, William T. Kimball, and Erin L. Kelly. Industrial and Labor Relations Review Vol. 72, No. 1 (2019): 3-38. Download Preprint.

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

​Shafer, Emily Fitzgibbons, Erin L. Kelly, Orfeu Buxton, and Lisa F. Berkman. Community, Work and Family Vol. 21, No. 4 (2018): 410-428.

"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 Vol. 32, No. 4 (2018): 963-970.

"The Effects of a Workplace Intervention on Employees’ Cortisol Awakening Response."

Almeida, David M., Soomi Lee, Kim N. Walter, Katie M. Lawson, Erin L. Kelly, and Orfeu M. Buxton. Community, Work and Family Vol. 21, No. 2 (2018): 151-167.

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