Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Alexandra Kalev received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and her M.A. and B.A. from Tel Aviv University.
She studies organizations, work and inequality.

Her work on the labor process looks at how the re-organization of work and economic crisis affect gender and racial inequality.

With Frank Dobbin, she is developing an evidence-based approach to managing diversity in corporations and universities, both in ordinary times and times of crisis. In a related project they examine the effects of workforce diversity on firms’ financial performance.

Kalev also studies meaning making and inequality in a research project on the integration of Israeli Arabs in emerging markets (with Noah Lewin Epstein and Erez Marantz).

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Kalev is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Israeli Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and since 2016 has been publishing annually the Israeli Diversity Index in collaboration with the Israeli EEOC and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Kalev is also the editor of Israeli Sociology.

Her research article on restructuring and diversity, “Cracking the Glass Cages,” won the W. Richard Scott award of the American Sociological Association section on Organizations Occupations and Work.

Kalev’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Israeli Science Foundation, the Bi-National Science Foundation and the Israeli Ministry of Science. Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Harvard Business Review, among others.


Recent publications:

Alexandra Kalev and Frank Dobbin. (2022).“The Surprising Benefits of Work-Life Supports: It’s a Secret Weapon for Achieving Organizational Diversity”.  Harvard Business Review. 100(5):98-107.

Knight Carly, Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev. (2022). Under the Radar: Visibility and the Effects of Discrimination Lawsuits in Small and Large Firms.  American Sociological Review. (87)2:175-201

Kim Kwan Woo, Alexandra Kalev, Frank Dobbin and Deutsch Gal. (2021). Effects of the Great  Recession on the Diversity of New Faculty Sociological Science. (8): 308-324 

Dobbin Frank and Alexandra Kalev. (2021). The Civil Rights Revolution at Work: What Went Wrong Annual Review of Sociology. (47):281-303 

Alexandra Kalev and Frank Dobbin. (2020).  Does Diversity Training Increase Corporate Diversity? Regulation Backlash and Regulatory Accountability Working Paper

Kalev Alexandra and Frank Dobbin . (October 20, 2020). Companies Need to Think Bigger Than Diversity Training. Harvard Business Review

Kalev Alexandra. (April 20, 2020).Research: U.S. Unemployment Rising Faster for Women and People of ColorHarvard Business Review

Dobbin Frank and Kalev Alexandra. (May-June 2020). Why Sexual Harassment Programs Backfire. Harvard Business Review