Faculty & Staff

Mary C. Still, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management


photo of Mary Still

Areas of Expertise

Organizations and social change, Diffusion of innovation, Law and society, Gender, discrimination and diversity, Elites, Top management teams, Social Networks


PhD in Sociology, Cornell University
MA in Sociology, University of South Carolina, with Distinction
BA in English, University of Virginia, with Distinction

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information


Mary C. Still joined the Department of Management and Marketing in the fall of 2011. She completed her doctorate in sociology at Cornell University in 2007, and returned to Cornell for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at its Institute for the Social Sciences, where she worked with an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, sociologists, economists, psychologists and other social scientists funded by the National Science Foundation.

A former award-winning investigative reporter, Still also previously worked in marketing and public relations for a Fortune 500-owned hospital, where her publications and campaigns won awards from numerous professional associations.

While completing her dissertation, Still oversaw the research efforts of WorkLife Law, an academic center funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation based at American University and later the University of California Hastings College of the Law. While at WorkLife Law, she was frequently quoted in the press about women and discrimination, and her research was featured in The New York Times.

Courses Taught

Managing Organizations (UMass Boston)
Organizational Analysis (UMass Boston)
Diversity (UMass Boston)
Managerial Decision-making (George Washington University)
Organizational Theory/Organizational Behavior (George Washington University)
Social Networks (George Washington University; Cornell University)

Research Interests

Still studies social and organizational change, and in particular how social networks foster and impede the emergence of new institutions. Her research focuses on elite U.S. companies and their adoption of disparate practices such as the Internet and work/family programs. She has published in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Social Forces and Sociological Theory, among others. She is especially interested in innovative methods for collecting network data, in particular from the Internet, and toward that end has built a database of more than 8,000 Fortune 100 managers and their career histories using online sources.

Personal Activities

Still, a native of the Washington D.C.-area, is an avid fitness enthusiast, cook and traveler. She occasionally competes in triathlons and is always game to adopt new fitness fads.


Sage Fellow, Cornell University (2000-01)
Alfred P. Sloan Pre-doctoral Fellow, Cornell University (1997-2000; 2001-02)