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Nitya Chawla

Assistant Professor
Department of Work and Organizations


  • Ph.D.
    University of Arizona
  • B.Sc. (Hons.)
    National University of Singapore


  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Employee Well-Being
  • Work-Nonwork Interface
  • Job Search Experiences


Dr. Nitya Chawla is an Assistant Professor of Work and Organizations at the Carlson School of Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Arizona in 2020, after which she worked at Texas A&M University (2020-2023). Broadly, Nitya's research explores how we can create positive and safe organizational workspaces that celebrate employees' work and non-work identities and experiences. In service of this goal, Nitya’s work often explores issues tied to diversity and inclusion within organizations as well as the importance of employee well-being. Recognizing that employees’ abilities to thrive in their careers long-term is intricately tied to their early work experiences, Nitya's research also examines the factors that prompt successful job searches. Nitya’s dissertation work—which focused on women’s experiences of sexism while searching for a job—was awarded the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management Foundation’s Dissertation Grant, the 2020 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace Award, and the 2021 SIOP S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award. And, more recently, her research on understanding the experiences of Black police officers was awarded the 2023 Responsible Research in Management Award.

Nitya’s research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives in Science and Practice. She is an editorial review board member of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, and Human Resource Management. In addition, Nitya was recognized as a Poets & Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Business School Professors in 2022. Within the Academy of Management, Nitya has previously served as the Social Media Director of the Research Methods Division and the Human Resource Division. Currently, she serves within the Organizational Behavior Division’s Making Connections Committee.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Journal Articles
    Who speaks up when harassment is in the air? A within-person investigation of ambient harassment and voice behavior at work.
  • Journal Articles
    Sorry to ask but… How is apology effectiveness dependent on apology content and gender?
  • Journal Articles
    From crude jokes to diminutive terms: Experiences of hostile and benevolent sexism during job search
  • Serials (Book, Monograph)
    Making the invisible visible: Reenvisioning a culture of support for mothers in academia.
  • Journal Articles
    Challenging racism as a Black police officer: An emergent theory of employee anti-racism.
  • Editorial Board, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2023 - present)

    Editorial Board, Personnel Psychology (2023 - present)

    Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Psychology (2022 - present)

    Editorial Board, Human Resource Management (2022 - present)

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