Roberto Fernandez


Roberto Fernandez


Roberto M. Fernandez is the William F. Pounds Professor in Management and a 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.


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

Campero, Santiago, and Roberto Fernandez. Social Forces. Forthcoming.

"How do Labor Market Networks Work?"

Rubineau, Brian and Roberto M. Fernandez. In Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Forthcoming.

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

Sterling, Adina, and Roberto Fernandez. Management Science. Forthcoming.

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

Hassink, Wolter H.J., and Roberto Fernandez. The Manchester School. Forthcoming.

"Who's Closure? Gender Inequality and Access to Skill Training."

Christian Hunkler and Roberto M. Fernandez. In Proceedings of the ESA Economic Sociology Midterm Conference, Konstanz, Germany: September 2018.

"At the Expense of Quality?"

Bond, Brittany M., Tatiana Labuzova, and Roberto Fernandez. Sociological Science Vol. 5, (2018): 380-401. Download Paper.

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