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Frank Dobbin

Faculty Associate


Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and the Director of the SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Initiative in International Organizational Studies.

Dobbin studies organizations, inequality, economic behavior, and public policy. His 2009 book Inventing Equal Opportunity shows how corporate personnel managers defined what it meant to discriminate. His evidence-based research on corporate diversity programs (with Alexandra Kalev) shows that mentoring programs, diversity task forces, and special recruitment programs have helped to promote diversity by engaging managers, while diversity training and diversity performance evaluations have thwarted progress by stigmatizing managers. These findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, CNN, and National Public Radio. Dobbin has published numerous books studying the social construction of economic rationality, including Forging Industrial Policy: United States, Britain, and France in the Railway Age (1994) and The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy (2008). Recent research examines rise of the shareholder value model of corporate management.


  • Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
  • Director, SCANCOR at the Weatherhead Center
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University