Center for Social Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Faculty & Staff

photo of Maureen Scully

Maureen Scully, PhD

  • Senior Research Fellow, Center for Social Policy Associate Professor in Management
  • Telephone: 617.287.7864
  • Office Location: M-5-253

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Change Efforts, Grassroots Employee Initiatives, Beliefs about Inequality and Meritocracy, Dimensions of Diversity at Work, Labor and Management Joint Efforts

Degrees

PhD, Stanford University
MA, Stanford University
BA, Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Maureen A. Scully is a faculty member in the College of Management, where she also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. She studies how the ideology of meritocracy is invoked to legitimate inequality in the United States and thereby impedes efforts to address poverty. She also examines how “tempered radicals,” working from inside traditional corporate and workplace locations, can engage in change efforts that make a difference and improve social justice. Working with the Emerging Leaders Program at UMass Boston, she supports teams of mid-career professionals from the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors who undertake projects to address affordable housing, economic development, and racial integration of communities. She works with the Center for Social Policy to facilitate inclusive change processes that involve multiple stakeholders from the community. She is a coauthor of a textbook widely used in MBA programs, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes, now in its 3rd edition, and a coeditor of a volume on gendered approaches to work and change, Reader in Gender, Work and Organization. Her research has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.