Professor of Sociology

Frank Dobbin is professor of sociology at Harvard.  He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.  His Inventing Equal Opportunity (Princeton University Press, 2009), which won the Max Weber and Distinguished Scholarly Book Awards from the American Sociological Association, charts how corporate human resources professionals have defined discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.  With Alexandra Kalev, he is developing an evidence-based approach to diversity management.  He is also studying the efficacy of college and university programs to promote faculty diversity (with Alexandra Kalev); the effects of corporate diversity on firm performance (with Alexandra Kalev and Soohan Kim); and the effects of the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of corporate boards on profitability and share price (with Jiwook Jung and Ben Snyder).