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Dr Mayra Ruiz Castro

Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour


Before joining Kingston University in September 2015, I worked as a researcher at the Harvard Business School focusing on gender equality issues at work and at home. I was also a part-time Lecturer at Babson College and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender in Organizations (Simmons College) and Women's Studies Research Center (Brandeis University).

I also worked as a researcher at the University of Stuttgart, conducting an evaluation of mentoring programs for women in Germany, a project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).I have been awarded grants from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), British Council, and Santander mobility funding program.

In my native country, Mexico, I implemented a 360-degree performance feedback and evaluation system at Ernst & Young, implemented Cisco Systems' Networking Academy Program in more than 150 Universities, and implemented team-building and personal development initiatives at Softtek. I have also worked with non-governmental organizations committed to greater social equality in India, UK and Mexico.

Areas of specialism

  • Gender and Diversity
  • Organization Studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Professions and professionals
  • Ethics
  • Class and family upbringing
  • Work/life balance


  • PhD in Development, Organizations and Gender, University College London
  • MSc in Development Administration and Planning, University College London
  • BSc in Business Administration, Universidad La Salle, Mexico

Professional membership

Member, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)

Member, British Academy of Management

Fellow, Higher Education Academy


My research is primarily concerned with gender equality at work and at home. With co-authors Kathleen McGinn and Elizabeth Long Lingo, I am currently investigating the effects of employed mothers on daughters and son's career and life outcomes across 24 countries. Preliminary findings of this research have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Global, CNN in Spanish, Le Monde, Forbes, Fortune, ARD Germany, El Mercurio Chile, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post.

Other research projects include a study of the relationship between individual characteristics, intra-household dynamics and organizational practices and its effects on women and men's working and personal lives. I am also leading a study on career transitions into new professions, focusing on the experience of academics transitioning into the new field of Data Science.

I have published on long working hours and work/life balance and on career advancement and intersectionality in professional service firms.

I collaborate with colleagues from Harvard Business School, IPADE Business School, Simmons College, Mount Holyoke College, Queen Mary University, and Radboud University.


Number of items: 7.


Ruiz Castro, Mayra and Holvino, Evangelina (2016) Applying intersectionality in organizations : inequality markers, cultural scripts and advancement practices in a professional service firm. Gender, Work & Organization, 23(3), pp. 328-347. ISSN (print) 0968-6673

Ruiz Castro, Mayra (2012) Time demands and gender roles: the case of a big four firm in Mexico. Gender, Work & Organization, 19(5), pp. 532-554. ISSN (print) 0968-6673

Conference or Workshop Item

Ruiz Castro, Mayra, McGinn, Kathleen, Rivera Pesquera, Martha and Tobio, Kristina (2017) Exploring difference in career/life outcomes: the role of individual characteristics, household dynamics and organizational practices. In: 33rd EGOS Colloquium: The Good Organization: Aspirations, Interventions, Struggles; 6-8 July, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Unpublished)

Ruiz Castro, Mayra (2016) Alternative stories of resistance to the long-hours practice in professional service firms. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium: Organizing in the Shadow of Power; 07-09 Jul 2016, Naples, Italy. (Unpublished)

Ruiz Castro, Mayra and Holvino, Evangelina (2016) Applying intersectionality in organizations: inequality markers, cultural scripts and advancement practices in a professional services firm. In: Gender Work and Organisation : 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference; 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Keele, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ruiz Castro, Mayra (2016) Communities of practice and long working hours: challenging masculine practices in professional service firms. In: Gender, Work and Organization 2016: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference; 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Keele, U.K.. (Unpublished)


McGinn, Kathleen L., Ruiz Castro, Mayra and Long Lingo, Elizabeth (2015) Mums the word! Cross-national effects of maternal employment and gender inequalities at work and at home. (Working Paper) Harvard Business School. (HBS Working Paper Series, no. 15-094)

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