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Tristan L. Botelho

Tristan L. Botelho

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Professor Botelho’s research is in the areas of entrepreneurship, labor markets, organizational sociology, and strategy. One stream of his research focuses on the factors that contribute to bias and inequality in evaluation processes. A recent project examines how receiving a status award affects evaluators’ likelihood of exhibiting bias in subsequent evaluations. In his other stream of work, Professor Botelho uses evaluations to understand the market and organizational factors that affect career-related outcomes, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship. In recent work, he focuses on how failure in high-tech startups affects founders and their employees’ subsequent careers. This research most frequently draws on data he collects through collaborations with technology-focused startups. He uses a diverse set of methodologies, including analyzing observational data and conducting field experiments. This research is published in leading journals, covered by various media outlets, and recognized by several awards.

Before joining Yale, Professor Botelho earned his masters and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and his bachelor’s degree from Providence College.


  • PhD, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2017
  • SM, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2015
  • BS & BA, Providence College, 2007

Selected Media Coverage

Are Former Startup Founders Less Hireable?
Tristan L. Botelho and Melody H. Chang
Harvard Business Review
June 28, 2022

Research: Objective Performance Metrics Are Not Enough to Overcome Gender Bias
Tristan L. Botelho and Mabel Abraham
Harvard Business Review
October 25, 2017


Winner, Best DEIJ Paper, INFORMS, 2023
Recipient, Dean’s Office Research Grant ($50,000; 1 of 2 awarded), 2023
Runner-up, Responsible Research Award, Academy of Management, 2022
Winner, Best Entrepreneurship Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2020
Best 40 Under 40 Professors, Poets & Quants, 2020
Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2020
Finalist, Best Paper Award, Strategic Management Society, 2019
Winner, INFORMS Technology, Innovation, Management, and Entrepreneurship Best Dissertation Award, 2018
Runner-up, Mark Granovetter Best Article Prize, 2018
Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2017
Runner-up, MIT Sloan School of Management Doctoral Thesis Prize, 2017
Winner, INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Award, 2016
Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2015
Best Student Paper Award, Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management, 2015