Courtney McCluney

Postdoctoral Researcher


FOB 133

Areas of Expertise

Marginalization, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Positive Workplace Identities

Education: B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Courtney L. McCluney (pronouns: she/her) is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Darden School of Business and Center for Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional Research and Education (ASPIRE) at the University of Virginia. Her research considers how marginalized employees — those lacking access, resources, status and power — successfully navigate organizational contexts so that they are not merely surviving, but thriving at work. It also investigates factors that enable marginalized employees to construct positive work identities and experience well-being. McCluney has published in the Academy of Management Best Paper ProceedingsJournal of Vocational Behavior, and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal. She received her Ph.D. in psychology (personality and social contexts) at the University of Michigan and B.A. in psychology and interpersonal/organizational communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked as a research associate at Catalyst Inc. and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Boston, Massachusetts, with New Sector Alliance. 

Selected Publications

McCluney, C. L. & Rabelo, V. C. in press. Conditions of visibility: An intersectional examination of Black women's belongingness and distinctiveness at work. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

McCluney, C. L., Bryant, C., King, D. D., & Ali, A. A. 2018. Calling in Black: A dynamic model of racially traumatic events, resourcing, and safety. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36(8): 767-786. Also appears in Guclu Atinic (Ed.), Best Paper Proceedings of the Seventy-seventh Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

*McCluney, C. L., *Schmitz, L. L., Hicken, M. T., & Sonnega, A. 2018. Structural racism in the workplace: Does perception matter for health inequalities? Social Science & Medicine, 119: 106-114.

McCluney, C. L. & Rabelo, V. C. forthcoming. Managing diversity, managing Blackness? An intersectional critique of diversity management practices. In L. M. Roberts, A. J. Mayo, & D. A. Thomas (Eds.) Race, work, & leadership: New perspectives on the Black experience. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


McCluney, C. L. & Cortina, L. M. 2017. Identity matters: Contextualizing workplace aggression within a social structural framework. In N. Bowling and M. S. Hershcovis (Eds.)  Research and theory on workplace aggression: 136-155. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Parker, P. S., * Jiang, J.,  *McCluney, C. L., & * Rabelo, V. C. 2017. Race, gender, class, and sexuality. Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


McCluney, C. L., Roberts, L. M., & Wooten, L. P. 2017. It takes courage: Lessons learned from Starbucks #RaceTogether campaign. In Koonce, R., Robinson, P., & Vogel, B. (Eds.) Developing Leaders for Positive Organizing: 95-108. Emerald Publishing Group.


Catalyst. 2016. Engaging in conversations about gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace, Practitioner's Tool, Catalyst: New York, NY.


Travis, D. J., Thorpe-Moscon, J., &  McCluney, C. L.  2016.  Emotional tax: How Black women and men pay more at work and how leaders can take action. Research Report, Catalyst: New York, NY Media coverage: "Work Success and our Secret Burden." ESSENCE magazine, November, 2016.