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Katherine A. DeCelles

Katherine A. DeCelles

Katherine A. DeCelles

Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management
PhD Coordinator, OBHRM
Cross Appointed to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
PhD Coordinator, OBHRM Area


PhD, University of Maryland
BS, Tufts University




Katherine (Katy) DeCelles is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and PhD Coordinator, OBHRM Area at Rotman, and cross-appointed to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Katy’s research is on the intersection of organizational behavior and criminology. She focuses on understanding the micro-mechanisms involved in conflict, power, inequality, activism and aggression as they relate to organizations. Her research has been highlighted in outlets such as the Smithsonian Magazine, Science Magazine, BBC, CNN, and The New York Times. Her research has received awards from the Academy of Management and American Sociological Association, and she has been recognized for her MBA teaching by Poets & Quants (2018).

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Academic Positions

  • 2019-2021

    Deputy Editor, Academy of Management Journal

  • 2016-2019

    Associate Editor, Academy of Management Journal

  • 2016-2017

    Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

  • 2015-2016

    (on research leave), Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

  • 2015-present

    Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2009-2015

    Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2007-2009

    Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

Selected Publications - Papers

Selected Publications - Forthcoming

  • Anger and the Immobilization of Institutional Insiders in Social Movements.

    DeCelles, K.A., Sonenshein, S., & King, B.

    Administrative Science Quarterly


  • Leadership in the locker room: The Influence of Coaches’ Unpleasant Emotion at Halftime on Team Performance.

    Staw, B., DeCelles, K.A., & DeGoey, P.

    the Journal of Applied Psychology


  • Dark Knights: When and why an employee becomes a workplace vigilante.

    DeCelles, K.A., & Aquino, K.

    Academy of Management Review


Research and Teaching Interests

Emotions and wellbeing;
Social change;
Crime and deviance;
Prison work;
Reactions to inequality

Honors and Awards

  • 2017

    Scott Best Paper Award, OOW section, American Sociological Association

  • 2017

    Best Paper Award, GDO division, Academy of Management

  • 2016-2018

    Research Grant, Harvard University

  • 2016-2019

    Research Grant, SSHRC

  • 2012-2013

    Research Grant, Chin Corporate Citizenship Institute

  • 2012-2015

    Research Grant, SSHRC

  • 2009-2011

    Research Grant, SSHRC

  • 2009-2011

    Teaching Awards, Rotman

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2018-2020

    OBHRM Ph.D. Student Area Coordinator, Rotman School, University of Toronto

  • January 2016-current

    Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Psychology

  • 2011-current

    Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal

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