Beth Livingston

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Beth Livingston

Assistant Professor
Human Resource Studies


I am an assistant professor in Human Resource Studies, with teaching interests in HR and Staffing, and research interests in gender, stereotyping, and the management of work and family. Originally from Kentucky, I began my education at big state schools in the south before joining the faculty in ILR. The college's appreciation of combining the world of work with social science research and practice is a perfect place to grow rewarding relationships with faculty, practitioners, and students alike.

I am married with a preschool-aged daughter, a golden retriever, and two cats. In my spare time, I enjoy CrossFit, watching basketball, reading (primarily novels of a non-academic bent), and participating in the Ithaca community.

Teaching Statement

My philosophy regarding teaching revolves around a simple pair of concepts: genuine enthusiasm and cutting-edge information. I try to encourage students to integrate the course material into their lives by using information from recent news articles and research—making it real to them and thus more easily retainable. Teaching requires constant incremental review and revision in order to ensure that the content of the course, and the method of imparting it to students, is the best that it can be. I also believe in combining enthusiasm for teaching into enthusiasm for one-on-one mentoring, advising students on honors theses, independent studies, and career choices.

Research Statement

My research covers three overlapping areas of interest: gender and diversity, stereotyping/stigma/discrimination, and the management of work and family. My prior work seeks to contribute to all of these areas--particularly finding ways to address questions and comments that arise in common conversation (e.g., the gender wage gap is due to choices about family-friendly jobs) and those that arise from gaps in the existing literature (e.g., how do partners in couples negotiate their work and family decisions?). I use a variety of methodologies in my research, including interviews, field surveys, and lab/online experiments, and a variety of analytical strategies. I find that each research question requires a different methodology to analyze it appropriately.

Service Statement

I am fully committed to serving the academic profession, the ILR and Cornell communities, and the broader social movements associated with my research interests. I thus advise numerous student organizations, serve on university-wide and college-level committees, and provide pro-bono research for organizations such as Athlete Ally and Hollaback, who are active in areas that overlap with my research and social interests and values. The ILR school provides a unique opportunity to combine service to the school and service to the broader community, and I feel strongly that taking advantage of these opportunities to serve strengthens the climate of the university and my own research and teaching as well.

Outreach Statement

Many of my service activities also serve as outreach opportunities. I often partner with our extension faculty to collaborate on events, webcasts and pro bono research requests. ILR is about more than just conducting high-quality organizational research--it's about reaching out to integrate our research with the broader community--and the infrastructure available within ILR makes that easy to take advantage of.


Journal Articles

  • David M Filiberto, Beth A Livingston. . Disclosure Dilemmas: Factors In Seeking Reasonable Accommodation , .
  • Beth A Livingston. 2014. Bargaining behind the scenes: Spousal negotiation and work-family burnout, Journal of Management . 40:949-977.
  • Beth A Livingston, Pauline Schilpzand, Amir Erez. 2014. Not What You Expected to Hear: Accented Messages and their Effect on Company Choice, Journal of Management .
  • T A Judge, Beth A Livingston, C Hurst. 2012. Do nice guys - and gals - really finish last? The joint effects of sex and agreeableness on earnings, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology . 102:390-407.
  • John K. Kammeyer-Mueller, Beth A Livingston, Hui Liao. 2010. Perceived Similarity, Proactive Adjustment, and Organizational Socialization, Journal of Vocational Behavior .
  • Cindy P Zapata-Phelan, Jason A Colquitt, Brent A Scott, Beth A Livingston. 2009. Procedural Justice, Interactional Justice, and Task Performance: The Mediating Role of Intrinsic Motivation, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes . 108(1):93-105.
  • Beth A Livingston, T A Judge. 2008. Emotional responses to work-family conflict: An examination of gender role orientation among working women, Journal of Applied Psychology . 93:207-216.
  • T A Judge, Beth A Livingston. 2008. Is the gap more than gender? A longitudinal analysis of gender, gender role orientation, and income, Journal of Applied Psychology . 93:994-1012.
  • T A Judge, E Fluegge, C Hurst, Beth A Livingston. 2006. Charismatic and transformational leadership: A review and agenda for future research, Zeitschrift für Arbeits und Organistionspychologie (Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology) . 50:203-214.

Book Chapters

  • T A Judge, E Fluegge, C Hurst, Beth A Livingston. 2007. Leadership. in Handbook of Organizational Behavior. Sage Publications, 2007. Julian Barling, Cary L Cooper.

Professional Activities

  • A Proposed Model of Work, Life and Disability Management. Presented to American Psychological Association. Atlanta, GA. 2015.
  • A Proposed Model of Work, Life and Disability Management. Presented to NARRTC. Alexandria, VA. 2015.
  • Five Years After Ledbetter: ILR Perspectives. Presented to ILR Institute for Compensation Studies. Ithaca, NY. 2014.
  • When I think you think like I do: Similarity in gender role traditionalism and work-family outcomes. Montreal, QC. 2010.
  • Bargaining behind the scenes: Gender roles and work-family burnout. Atlanta, GA. 2010.
  • Work Group Diversity and Proactive Newcomer Adjustment Behavior . Chicago, IL. 2009.
  • Anaheim, CA. 2008.
  • Gender role congruity in marriage: Impact on career outcomes and decision-making. Philadelphia, PA. 2007.
  • Odd man (or woman) out: demographic dissimilarity and the socialization of newcomers. Philadelphia, PA. 2007.
  • The cognitive underpinnings of helping in the workplace. New York, NY. 2007.
  • Working with the dead: The emotional labor of funeral home employees. New York, NY. 2007.
  • The Early Bird Gets the Worm: The effects of pre-entry job search on career outcomes. San Antonio, TX. 2007.
  • Social identity and the Katrina crisis. Atlanta, GA. 2006.
  • The effects of accents on message evaluation: The interaction of voice and content. Atlanta, GA. 2006.
  • The effects of procedural and interactional justice on self-set goals and intrinsic motivation. Atlanta, GA. 2006.
  • An examination of dispositional risk. Dallas, TX. 2006.

Honors and Awards

  • Robert N. Stern Award for Teaching and Mentoring, Cornell ILR School.


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