Allison Elias is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Her research investigates historical and contemporary issues of gender and diversity in organizations, with a particular focus on the ways that social movements become translated into corporate policies and practices. Her forthcoming book (Columbia University Press), at the intersection history, gender, and management studies, charts the trajectory of modern feminism at work by tracing the changing nature of secretarial work from the 1960s to the present.
Before coming to Wharton, Dr. Elias taught at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, where she was also appointed a Fellow in the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence. Previously, she was on faculty at Cornell University in the ILR School and the SC Johnson College of Business. Dr. Elias received her doctorate in History from the University of Virginia, where she worked during graduate school as a research associate at the Darden School of Business.
Allison Elias (2020), The Roots of Corporate Feminism: Women in the American Workplace since 1960, Columbia University Press.
Allison Elias and Patricia Werhane, “(Mis)using Historical Texts to (De)humanize Commerce: Evidence from Smith, Marx, and Spencer”. In Humanizing Business: What Humanities Can Say to Business, Springer, edited by Michel Dion, Edward Freeman, and Sergiy Dmytriyev, (2020)
Allison Elias (Under Review), The Making of a Business Case: Training Women for Management in U.S. Commercial Banking.
Description: Conditionally approved for Management & Organization History.
Allison Elias and Michael Maffie (2019), Platform Design as a Managerial Act: Analyzing Sexual Harassment in the Gig Economy, Perspectives on Work - Annual publication of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, 23 (1).
Allison Elias, “Gender and Bargaining Power in Historical Perspective”. In Handbook on Gender and Negotiation, edited by Mara Oleklans and Jessica A. Kennedy, (2019)
Allison Elias, “Feminism at Work”. In Nevertheless They Persisted: Feminisms and Continued Resistance in the U.S. Women's Movement, edited by Jo Reger, (2019)
Allison Elias (2018), ‘Outside the Pyramid’: Corporate Affirmative Action and Working Women’s Barriers to Upward Mobility, Journal of Policy History, 30 (2).
Allison Elias and Eileen Boris, “Workplace Inequities: An Intersectional Approach”. In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, edited by Holly J. McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger, (The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, 2017)
Allison Elias, “Equality As A Result?”. In The President and American Capitalism Since 1945, edited by Roger Biles and Mark H. Rose, (University of Florida Press, 2017)
Allison Elias, Richard Brownlee, Segiy Dmytriyev, “Integrative Stakeholder Engagement”. In Stakeholder Engagement: Clinical Research Cases, edited by R. Edward Freeman, Johanna Kujala, and Sybille Sachs, (2017)
MacIntyre Award for Exemplary Teaching, ILR School, Cornell University, 2016
Finalist, Clayman Institute for Gender Research Fellowship, Stanford University, 2016
Henry Berlin duPont Fellowship, Awarded by the Hagley Museum and Library, 2012
Fellowship for the Study of Women in Organized Labor, Awarded by the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University, 2010
Bostonian Society/New England Women’s Club Fellowship, Awarded by the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2010
Finalist, Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching, Awarded by the Teaching Resource Center and the Seven Society, University of Virginia, 2008