Jennifer Merluzzi

Assistant Professor

Office GW 1 - Room 610
Phone 504.862.8006
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Professor Jennifer Merluzzi specializes in research on the early careers of professional managers and labor market inequality. She conducts studies on the role of individual identity in influencing and affecting labor market outcomes, such as promotions, job offers or compensation. Her research appears in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Discoveries, and Social Science Research, with recent coverage in FastCompany and Harvard Business Review. Professor Merluzzi's current projects include investigating referral-based hiring and promotion outcomes of minorities, examining promotion outcomes across gender and marital status, and, using social network analysis to understand gendered work conflict in organizations.

Professor Merluzzi also brings rich real-world experience to her work at Tulane. Prior to academia, her professional background includes roles in general management, where she ran a regional call-center and managed supply chain operations at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply Company, as well as worked in management consulting both at Keane Consulting Group and as an independent consultant.

She graduated with honors from Tulane University's Newcomb College with a BA in English and Sociology, has an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University and, received her Ph.D. from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago in economic sociology.


Professor Merluzzi teaches Strategic Management, a course that all undergraduate business majors take in their senior year or in a fifth year.

In addition, Professor Merluzzi teaches Strategic Leadership and Social Capital, a graduate elective offered to full-time and part-time MBA students.


Professor Merluzzi contributes as an active reviewer in her field, including at Organization Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Management Science, and Social Science Research.


The Specialist Discount: Negative Returns for MBAs with Focused Profiles in Investment Banking

Network Oscillation

Unequal on top: Gender profiling and the income gap among high earner male and female professionals

Generalists Get Better Job Offers Than Specialists

Education & Affiliations

Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, Ph.D. in Organizations and Markets

Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis, M.B.A.

Tulane University, B.A. in English and Sociology


Enjoy spending time with my family - which includes my husband Chris, my 8 year old twin children, and our Basset Hound, Rex.

Personal interests include jogging, yoga, reading, and travel.