Lauren Rivera
Lauren Rivera

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations

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Lauren Rivera joined the Kellogg faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2009. Her research investigates processes of status signaling and evaluation - specifically, how people assess the worth of actors and organizations in real-life contexts and how actors alter their self-presentation strategies to influence status perceptions. Her dissertation analyzed how top-tier investment banks, law firms, and management consulting firms recruit and select new hires.  A cultural sociologist by training, her work draws from both qualitative and quantitative techniques and bridges micro- and macro-levels of analysis. Before joining the MORS Department, Lauren received her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, her B.A. in psychology and sociology from Yale University, and was a Consultant at Monitor Group in London.

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AM, Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
BA, Psychology and Sociology, Yale University, New Haven, CT
PhD, Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Academic Positions
Associate Professor, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Other Professional Experience
Consultant, Monitor Group, 2000-2002

Grants and Awards
Chairs' Core Course Teaching Award, 2013-2014
Geertz Award for the Best Article in the Sociology of Culture, American Sociological Association, 2013
Granovetter Award for the Best Article in Economic Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2013
Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2011

Print Research
Rivera, Lauren. 2015. Go with Your Gut: Emotion and Stratification in Hiring. American Journal of Sociology.
Rivera, Lauren. 2012. Hiring as Cultural Matching: The Case of Elite Professional Service Firms. American Sociological Review. 77: 999-1022.
Rivera, Lauren. 2012. Diversity Within Reach: Recruitment versus Hiring in Elite Firms. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 639: 70-89.
Rivera, Lauren. 2011. Ivies, Extracurriculars, and Exclusion: Elite Employers' Use of Educational Credentials. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 29: 71-90.
Rivera, Lauren. 2010. Status Distinctions in Interaction: Social Selection and Exclusion at an Elite Nightclub. Qualitative Sociology. 33: 229-255.
Rivera, Lauren. 2008. Managing 'Spoiled' National Identity: War, Tourism and Memory in Croatia. American Sociological Review. 73: 613-634.
Working Papers
Rivera, Lauren and Katherine Gan. 2012. Glass Floors and Glass Ceilings: Sex Homophily and Heterophily in Hiring.
Book Chapters
Rivera, Lauren. 2013. "Homosocial Reproduction." In Sociology of Work, edited by V. Smith, Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Rivera, Lauren. 2011. "The Impression Management of Stigmatized Nations: The Case of Croatia." In The Cultural Wealth of Nations, edited by N. Bandelj and F. Wherry, Stanford University Press.
Rivera, Lauren. 2011. "Social Distinction." In Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture, edited by D. Southerton, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Rivera, Lauren. 2008. "Distinctions: Cultural and Social." In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by W. Darity, 412-414. Farmington Hills, MI: MacMillan/Thompson Gale, 2nd.
Rivera, Lauren. 2015. Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Leadership in Organizations (MORS-430-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Management & Organizations.

This course provides students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.