Lubar Faculty and Staff
Belle Rose Ragins
Professor, Organizations and Strategic Management

Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
M.S.W., Social Welfare Management, University of Illinois - Chicago
B.A., Psychology, Southern Illinois University

Areas of Expertise
Dr. Ragins teaches, consults, and conducts research on diversity, mentoring, and gender issues in organizations. Her current research examines the development of mentoring relationships and explores how gender and diversity affect mentoring. She has also researched the glass ceiling, sexual harassment, diversity and sexual orientation in organizations.

Professional Activities

Dr. Ragins has written more than 100 papers for presentations at national and international conferences and for publication in leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Psychological Bulletin. She is co-author of Mentoring and Diversity: An International Perspective and co-editor of two books: The Handbook of Mentoring at Work and Exploring Positive Relationships at Work. Her research has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Barron’s Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Working Woman Magazine, and over 30 newspapers throughout the country.


Dr. Ragins is an invited member of the Society for Organizational Behavior and an elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Society, the Society for the Psychology of Women and the American Psychological Association. She has received thirteen national awards for her research, including the Sage Life-Time Achievement Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management, the Academy of Management Mentoring Legacy Award, the American Society for Training and Development Research Award, the American Psychological Association Placek Award, the Saroj Parasuraman Best Publication Award and eight Best Paper Awards from the National Academy of Management. In recognition of her mentoring and service to the profession, she received  two awards from the Academy of Management: the Academy of Management  Mentoring Best Practice Award and the Janet Chusmir Service Award. Dr. Ragins has also received numerous research and teaching awards from the UWM School of Business and was honored with the university-wide UWM Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence.


She has or is currently serving on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Group & Organization Management, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior.  She is currently an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review.


Dr. Ragins was awarded the first Visiting Research Fellowship position at Catalyst, a national research and advisory organization working to advance women in business and their professions. She was a Research Advisor for 9-to-5, the National Association of Working Women. Dr. Ragins helped establish UWM’s Institute for Diversity Education and Leadership (IDEAL) and received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to help develop the Australian Consortium for Diversity Leadership.