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Professor Wrzesniewski's research interests focus on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. Her current research involves studying how employees shape their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Michigan
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania

Selected Works


Getting Unstuck: The Effects of Growth Mindsets about the Self and Job on Happiness at Work
J.M. Berg, A. Wrzesniewski, A.M. Grant, J. Kurkoski, and B. Welle
Journal of Applied Psychology

Misaligned Meaning: Couples’ Work-Orientation Incongruence and Their Work Outcomes
W. Jiang and A. Wrzesniewski
Organization Science

Agony and Ecstasy in the Gig Economy: Cultivating Holding Environments for Precarious and Personalized Work Identities

G. Petriglieri, S.J. Ashford, and A. Wrzesniewski
Administrative Science Quarterly

Multiple Types of Motives Don’t Multiply the Motivation of West Point Cadets

A. Wrzesniewski, B. Schwartz, X. Cong, M. Kane, A. Omar, & T. Kolditz
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


  • "Inspiring Yale" School of Management honoree, 2019, 2015
    Herbert Simon Award, Rajk Lászkó College for Advanced Studies, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary, 2018
    Outstanding Author Award, Emerald Publishing Literati Network Award for Excellence, 2014, 2015