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Courtney McCluney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the ILR School at Cornell University

Dr. Courtney L. McCluney (she/her) examines how practices and norms in organizational contexts create marginalization for employees who are members of marginalized groups (e.g., Black employees, women of all races). Her most recent project examines practices that (de)stigmatize Blackness in Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Dr. McCluney’s work has been published in Gender, Work and OrganizationEquality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior and numerous books including Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience. Dr. McCluney is a regular contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review, and she was recently named a Thinklist Amplify Nominee by the University of Bath’s Centre for Business, Organizations, and Society.

 Dr. McCluney is the co-founder of POISED a microcommunity within the Center for Positive Organizations, member of the Harvard Business School Gender Initiative and the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Michigan and BA in Psychology and Interpersonal/Organizational Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar.