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Amy Wrzensiewski

Amy Wrzesniewski

Michael H. Jordan Professor of Management

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


  • 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
    Volume 2017 (Provisionally accepted)

  • 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


  • Outstanding Author Award, Emerald Publishing Literati Network Award for Excellence, 2014
  • Google Faculty Research Grant, Award given to support research, 2010
  • Davis Conference on Qualitative Research Best Paper Award, (with Jane Dutton and Gelaye Debebe), 2009
  • Representative-at-Large, Organizational Behavior Division, Academy of Management, 2008
  • Kauffman Grant, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship, 2006
  • Finalist, Professor of the Year, NYU Stern School of Business, 2005
  • New York University Excellence in Teaching Award, NYU Stern School of Business, 2003
  • New York University Undergraduate College “Club 6”, Award given for teaching excellence, 2003
  • IBM Faculty Award, Award given for research excellence, 2002