Curtis K. Chan

Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at Boston College

I am an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at Boston College's Carroll School of Management. As an ethnographer and field researcher, my interests focus on how people experience and interpret their work, occupational, and organizational contexts, as well as how this shapes inequality, job quality, and cultural fit. I specialize in utilizing in-depth, inductive field studies to discover and theorize novel, hidden, and nuanced processes on these topics—including studies of screeners at the Transportation Security Administration and consultants at a strategy consultancy.

My scholarly research is published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Annals, with written pieces also appearing in the Academy of Management Best Paper ProceedingsWork and Occupations, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. My work has received awards like the 2014 Best Student Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management, the 2016 Saroj Parasuraman Award for Outstanding Publication on Gender and Diversity from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division of the Academy of Management, and the 2017 Best Article Award from the Academy of Management Annals.

I graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. Before joining the doctoral program, I worked in the management and strategy consulting industry at the firm Innosight. Earlier on, I graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2008 with an A.B. in social anthropology and a secondary field in psychology, and I was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society since my junior year. During college, I conducted ethnographic research on the cultural values of street dancers in New England and Miami, and the undergraduate thesis I wrote on this topic under the advising of Professor of Anthropology Michael Herzfeld was awarded a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding thesis research.