Frank Dobbin is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. Frank studies organizations, inequality, economic behavior, and public policy. His Inventing Equal Opportunity (Princeton 2009) shows how corporate personnel managers defined what it meant to discriminate. With Alexandra Kalev, he is developing an evidence-based approach to diversity management. Innovations that make managers part of the solution, such as mentoring programs, diversity taskforces, and special recruitment programs, have helped to promote diversity in firms, while programs signaling that managers are part of the problem, such as diversity training and diversity performance evaluations, have not. These findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, CNN, National Public Radio, Fast Company, and Slate.
To learn more about Frank’s work, please visit his website here.