Curtis K. Chan is an ethnographer and field researcher whose interests focus on how people experience, interpret, and enact their occupations and professions within their workplace organizations. He has studied how these experiences shape workplace gender inequality, surveillance dynamics, organizational control, professional reform, and professional legitimacy. Specializing in utilizing in-depth, inductive field studies to theorize novel, hidden processes of worker interpretation and experience, he has conducted studies of airport screeners at the Transportation Security Administration, consultants at a strategy consultancy, university career advisers in business schools, teachers at a Finnish school, and graphic facilitators.
Professor Chan’s scholarly research is published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Annals, with written pieces also appearing in the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Work and Occupations, and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. This research has received distinctions such as the 2014 Best Student Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management, the 2016 Saroj Parasuraman Award for Outstanding Publication on Gender and Diversity from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division of the Academy of Management, and the 2017 Best Article Award from the Academy of Management Annals.
He has received a “Teaching Star” distinction from the Dean and teaching committee at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management for outstanding teaching, based on having received most favorable evaluations from students, while also challenging them intellectually. He was named one of the Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors Of 2020.
Professor Chan serves on the Editorial Review Boards for Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for journals including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and American Sociological Review.
He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, master's degree in Sociology, and bachelor's degree in anthropology from Harvard University.
Professor Chan is on the Editorial Review Boards for Organization Science and Academy of Management Review, receiving a 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Recognition from Academy of Management Review. In addition, he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for journals including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and American Sociological Review. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, and the Boston Field Research Community.