Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Working paper: Alexandra Kalev and Frank Dobbin.  Does Diversity Training Increase Corporate Diversity? Regulation Backlash and Regulatory Accountability

Recent publications:

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

Dobbin, Frank and Alexandra Kalev. (2019). The Promise and Peril of Sexual Harassment Programs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (25):12255-12260

Kalev Alexandra, Hanna Kuper, Yafit Alfandari and Ayala Ginat. (2019). Diversity Index: Ranking and Mapping the Representation and Pay Gaps of Disadvantaged Groups in the Israeli Private Sector. (in Hebrew)

Shwed Uri and Alexandra Kalev. (2018). How Pay Expectations Become Gendered? The Role of Social Ties and Work Experience. Labor, Society and Law (in Hebrew)

Dobbin Frank and  Kalev Alexandra. (November 15, 2017). Training Programs and Reporting Systems Won’t End Sexual Harassment. Promoting More Women Will. Harvard Business Review

Abendroth, Anja-Kristin, Silvia Maja Melzer, Alexandra Kalev, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. (2017). Women at Work: Women’s Access to Power and the Gender Earning GapIndustrial and Labor Relations Review 70(1): 190-222

Kalev, Alexandra. (2016). How “Neutral” Layoffs Disproportionately Affect Women and Minorities.  Harvard Business Review.

Dobbin, Frank and Alexandra Kalev. (July-August, 2016). Why Diversity Programs Fail. Harvard Business Review 94(7):51-60      

Kalev, Alexandra and Vincent J. Roscigno. “Bureaucracy, Bias and Diversity: Structural Constraints and Opportunities in Organizations.” Pp. 111-120 in Rethinking Diversity: Multiple Approaches in Theory, Media, Communities, and Managerial Practice edited by C. Braedel-Kühner and A. P. Müller. Sprigner.


Alexandra Kalev received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University.

Kalev’s research examines the ways organizational, legal, economic and cultural dynamics shape gender, racial and ethnic diversity at work.  With Frank Dobbin, she is developing an evidence-based approach to diversity management in corporations and universities, and examining the effects of diversity on firms’ financial performance. In another project, Kalev examines the effects of industrial and organizational restructuring on the labor market integration of Israeli-Palestinians in Israel (with Noah Lewin-Epstein and Erez Marantz).

Kalev is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Israeli Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and is the chief editor of the Israel journal Israeli Sociology

Kalev’s research has been funded by the National Science 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 SociologyAdministrative Science Quarterly and Law and Social Inquiry, among others. She was the 2010 recipient of the Richard W. Scott outstanding contribution to scholarship award from the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the American Sociological Association.