Areas of Expertise
- Inequality and Social Hierarchy
- Gender Bias
- Status Reinforcement in Emerging Economies
Dr. Bobbi Thomason research explores how individuals of traditionally under-represented social categories work and pursue their careers globally. She is particularly interested in how individuals overcome inequality and social hierarchies in order to attain career rewards and resources. The first stream of her research is focused on gender, a category that creates stark hierarchies in the world of work. Her second stream of research is focused on the perception of “locals” and how the locals impact the global employment market. Her research has been featured in national and international media.
- PhD, Stanford University
- MA, Columbia University
Research and Scholarship
- Hannah Riley Bowles, Bobbi Thomason, and Julia Bear. “Reconceptualizing Women’s Career Negotiations: Asking, Bending and Shaping.” Academy of Management Journal
- May Al-Dabbagh, Hannah Riley Bowles, and Bobbi Thomason. “Status Reinforcement in Emerging Economies: The Psychological Experience of Local Candidates Striving for Global Employment.” Organization Science. 2016.
- Joseph Lubin, Mally Anderson and Bobbi Thomason, “Blockchain for Global Development”, MIT Innovations, July 2018.
- Hannah Riley Bowles, Bobbi Thomason, and May Al-Dabbagh, “When Men Have Lower Status at Work, They’re Less Likely to Negotiate,” Harvard Business Review Online, September 8, 2017.