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Julia DiBenigno is an organizational ethnographer and field researcher. Professor DiBenigno’s scholarship seeks to advance our understanding of topics related to the sociology of work and occupations, collaboration between professional groups, upward influence and voice, and culture change in nonprofit and government organizations. Her research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Annals and has won multiple best paper and best dissertation awards.

Professor DiBenigno specializes in qualitative, ethnographic methodologies (e.g., observation and interviewing). Using these methods, she immerses herself in the social worlds of those she studies to develop novel organizational theories while addressing pressing problems ranging from improving soldier mental healthcare delivery to supporting frontline caregivers combating COVID-19.

She received her PhD and MS in Work and Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before that, she worked as a consultant for Deloitte's Organization and Change practice and received a BA in psychology from Columbia University.


  • PhD, MIT Sloan, 2016
  • MS, MIT Sloan, 2014
  • BA, summa cum laude, salutatorian, Columbia College, 2006

Selected Works


How Idealized Professional Identities Can Persist through Client Interactions
J. DiBenigno
Administrative Science Quarterly

How the Best Teams Keep Good Ideas Alive
P. Satterstrom, M. Kerrissey, and J. DiBenigno
Harvard Business Review

The Voice Cultivation Process: How Team Members Can Help Upward Voice Live on to Implementation
P. Satterstrom, M. Kerrissey and J. DiBenigno
Administrative Science Quarterly

Structuring mental health support for frontline caregivers during COVID-19: lessons from organisational scholarship on unit-aligned support
J. DiBenigno and M. Kerrissey
BMJ Leader

Rapid Relationality: How Peripheral Experts Build a Foundation for Influence with Line Managers
J. DiBenigno
Administrative Science Quarterly

Anchored Personalization in Managing Goal Conflict between Professional Groups: The Case of U.S. Army Mental Health Care
J. DiBenigno
Administrative Science Quarterly

Three Lenses on Professions and Occupations in Organizations: Becoming, Doing, and Relating
M. Anteby, C. Chan, and J. DiBenigno
Academy of Management Annals

Beyond Occupational Differences: The Importance of Cross-Cutting Demographics and Dyadic Toolkits for Collaboration in a US Hospital
J. DiBenigno and K. Kellogg
Administrative Science Quarterly


Outstanding Published Article Award Honorable Mention, POS Conference, 2022
Thinkers50 Radar List,Class of 2022
ASQ Dissertation Award, Runner-up, 2021
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Research Award, NYU Wagner, 2021
Responsible Research in Management Award, IACMR-RRBM, 2019
Outstanding Published Article Award Honorable Mention, POS Conference, 2019
Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Annals, 2017
Grigor McClelland Best Dissertation Award, EGOS, 2017
Best Paper Award, Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, 2017
W. Richard Scott Outstanding Paper Award, Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the American Sociological Association, 2016
Winner of the INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition, 2015