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Marla White

Assistant Professor
2116 Pamplin (0233)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Marla L. White’s research interests include leadership, intersectionality, discrimination, and diversity management. Her research explores the workplace experiences of marginalized group members, including barriers to career advancement. She is particularly interested in examining how implicit links between social class, race, and leadership differentially impact evaluations of leaders, especially women, and developing interventions to mitigate bias in leadership evaluations. To date, Marla’s research has been published as a best paper in the Academy of Management Proceedings, Human Resource Management Review, and presently she has an invitation for revision from the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Marla is actively involved in several management organizations, including the Academy of Management, and she has been a reviewer for various journals and conferences.

Before entering academia, Marla worked for several Fortune 500 tech companies, including Motorola, IBM, and Texas Instruments, in which she held numerous leadership positions with global responsibilities in engineering, finance, and HRM. Marla leverages her industry experiences and extensive network to inform her research questions and teaching interests in Organizational Behavior and HRM.