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Katherine A. DeCelles

Katherine A. DeCelles

Katherine A. DeCelles

Secretary of State Professorship
Academic Director, PhD Program


PhD, University of Maryland
BS, Tufts University




Katherine (Katy) DeCelles is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Academic Director of PhD Program at Rotman, and cross-appointed to the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She also holds the Secretary of State Professorship in Organizational Effectiveness. Katy’s research is on understanding the micro-mechanisms involved in conflict, emotion, morality, inequality, aggression, crime, and criminal justice 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). Katy served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal from 2016-2019 and as the Deputy Editor (Micro) for the Academy of Management Journal from 2019-2021.

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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 - Books and Chapters

  • The Vigilante Identity and Organizations

    Xuan, F., Graso, M., Liu, L., Chen, J., DeCelles, K., Vadera, A., & Aquino, K.

    Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Research and Teaching Interests

Conflict; Emotion; Aggression; Morality; Crime; Criminal justice organizations

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