Nancy DiTomaso

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Academic Info

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Sociology
M.S., University of Wisconsin; Sociology
B.A., Ohio State University; Sociology


Diversity in Organizations, Labor Force, Managing Knowledge-Based Organizations, Organizational Change and Transformation, Organizational Culture; Women, Minorities, and Cross-Cultural Management


Women Leading in Business

Nancy DiTomaso is Distinguished Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School—Newark and New Brunswick.  Her research addresses issues of diversity, culture, and inequality, as well as the management of knowledge-based organizations, and the management of scientists and engineers. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin‑‑Madison, and she previously taught at New York University and Northwestern University. She also has a Certificate in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and attended Proyecto Linguistico in Quetzeltenango, Guatemala.

Her 2013 book, The American Non-dilemma: Racial Inequality without Racism (NY: Russell Sage) won the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (75 books nominated) and the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Distinguished Book Award (17 books nominated) from the American Sociological Association. The book also received Honorable Mention for the  Max Weber Award for Best Book given by the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the ASA (2nd of 32 books nominated) and was Runner Up for the George R. Terry Award given by the Academy of Management for the Best Book in Management over a two-year period (2nd of 65 books nominated). She has co‑authored or co‑edited five other books and has had articles published in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Annual Review of Sociology, Research in Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, California Management Review among other journals.  She has received grant support from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor among others. In addition to the interviews for her book, she has collected survey data on a 100 innovation teams from 29 companies and on the career experiences of 3200 scientists and engineers from 24 major companies.

She has been elected to several national offices in professional associations, including a position on the American Sociological Association Council, as President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio‑Economics, and as Chair of the Organizations and Occupations Section and of the Economic Sociology Section of the ASA. She served as chair of the Department of Management and Global Business for twelve years, as Doctoral Director for the Ph.D. in Management Program for two years, and as Vice Dean of Faculty and Research for two and a half years.

In addition to research and teaching, Professor DiTomaso has conducted workshops, offered seminars, conducted survey research, and provided other professional services on a consulting basis for major corporations and public agencies.


Business Insights

Rutgers Business School News

Professor Nancy DiTomaso offers a perspective on diversity in cities, workplaces

Monday, March 2, 2015

Rutgers Business School professor Nancy DiTomaso fielded questions from about the benefits and challenges of living in an ethnically diverse city and how businesses can achieve true diversity in the workplace.  More ›

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Nancy DiTomaso Op-Ed in The National Law Journal. Who Really Gains from Preferential Treatment?

Monday, April 28, 2014

If we as a nation want to make progress on racial equality, we need to change the way we think about affirmative action. The real issue this country must wrestle with today is not whether minorities should get preferences when it comes to accessing education or jobs, but whether members of the majority should stop getting preferences. More ›

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Professor DiTomaso's New York Times Op-Ed ignites media debate about racial inequality without racism

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"We don’t have an understanding of the inequality that exists, and we don’t have an understanding of the group-based nature of that inequality" More ›

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Rutgers Professor Nancy DiTomaso's new book details inequality without racism in job market today

Monday, February 11, 2013

Nancy DiTomaso, Professor and Vice Dean for Faculty and Research at Rutgers Business School, has been studying diversity in the workforce and the impact of inequality in the job market for over 30 years. After interviewing 246 randomly selected white men and women in New Jersey, Ohio and Tennessee from all economic backgrounds, education and job histories, she has written her findings in a new book, “The American Non-Dilemma,” published by the Russell Sage Foundation.  More ›

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