Allison Elias

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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Assistant Professor Allison Elias teaches courses about communication and negotiation in Darden's MBA and EMBA programs. She was a nominee for the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award at Darden, and her elective, Women, Gender, and Work, has been rated among the top 10% of all Darden electives (for course content and instructor quality). She received a Wells Fargo Award for Excellence in Course Materials in 2024. 

Her research investigates historical and contemporary issues of gender and diversity in occupations and organizations. Her 2022 book, The Rise of Corporate Feminism (History of U.S. Capitalism series, Columbia University Press), was named a Best Summer Book of 2023: Business by the Financial Times, and it was a finalist for the Hagley Prize, awarded by the Business History Conference, for the best book in business history. 

Elias has provided expert commentary regarding gender issues at work to media outlets such as NPR, PBS, and CNN, and her research on women in business schools has been featured in and Poets & Quants.

Before coming to Darden, Elias taught at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University; the SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University; and the ILR School, Cornell University.  At Cornell she won an exemplary teaching award and was recognized for advancing gender equality across the campus.  During graduate school, she worked as a court-certified mediator.