Kathleen L. McGinn is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She previously served as Harvard Business School's Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Director of Research, and Chair of Doctoral Programs. Professor McGinn studies the role of gender at work, at home, and in negotiations. Her current field research investigates these issues internationally—in families, among women "firsts," in North American professional service firms, across organizations and communities in Mexico and India, and in relation to health and welfare outcomes for young women in Zambia.
In studies with Myra Ruiz Castro, Elizabeth Lingo and Martha Rivera, Professor McGinn is studying how maternal employment, household dynamics and organizational practices affect men's and women's employment and domestic outcomes in countries across the globe. Lakshmi Ramarajan, Deborah Kolb, and Professor McGinn are investigating the process through which an organization incorporates changing understandings of gender into its own evolving mission, structure, and practices. With Beth Humberd, Rachel Arnett, and Judy Clair, she is investigating the role of social class in the careers of women who were pioneers in their fields. Alexandra Feldberg and Professor McGinn are studying how men's and women's work over the last three decades has affected basic freedoms in over 17,000 villages in Gujarat, India. With Nava Ashraf and Corinne Low, Professor McGinn carried out a field experiment testing the efficacy of negotiation skills in affecting health and welfare outcomes among teenage girls in Zambia.
Professor McGinn advises organizations in the areas of negotiation and gender. She chairs the board for WAVE (US & Nigeria) and is a member of the board for CFK (US & Kenya). Before coming to Harvard, Professor McGinn taught at Cornell University's Johnson School and Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She received her Ph.D. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to her academic career, Professor McGinn was a director of labor relations in the public sector. When her daughter left for college, Professor McGinn and her husband moved to a long-abandoned farm and are (forever) in the process of bringing it back to some semblance of its prior self.