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Courtney McCluney
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Courtney McCluney

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior


Courtney L. McCluney is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the ILR School at Cornell University. Courtney uses multiple methods to examine diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her research deepens the study of race, gender, and intersectionality in organizations by examining practices that create and reinforce marginalized groups' experiences at work. Courtney's research has been published in Gender, Work, and Organization; Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal; Social Science and Medicine; Harvard Business Review; and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Prior to joining the ILR School, Courtney completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Michigan and BA in Psychology and Interpersonal/Organizational Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Teaching Statement

My courses often address difficult, uncomfortable, and complex topics related to racism, sexism, and inequality. Therefore, I aim to create “brave spaces” that invite students to recognize and consider differences as part of their leadership development, despite potential feelings of discomfort. I structure these courses in ways that challenge students to expand their thinking by being active participants in their own learning through writing reflections, participating in experiential learning activities, and designing equitable workplace practices.

Honors and Awards

  • Ideas Worth Teaching Award , Aspen Institute Business & Society Program.
  • Emerging Entrepreneurship Scholar Award, Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Brown University.
  • ILR Teaching Award Nominee, ILR School. 2021
  • Thinklist Amplify Nominee, University of Bath Centre for Business, Organizations, and Society. 2020