Mary-Hunter McDonnell, JD, Ph.D.

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, JD, PhD

Clarence Nickman Assistant Professor of Management Assistant Professor of Sociology (Secondary Appointment)


Mary-Hunter McDonnell is an assistant professor who studies organizational behavior and governance within challenging institutional contexts, such as contentious social environments and uncertain regulatory environments. She has published award-winning research in leading peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science Quarterly, the American Sociological ReviewOrganization Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science, as well as law reviews including the Cornell Law Review and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Science QuarterlyOrganization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal


Mary-Hunter (“Mae”) McDonnell is the Clarence Nickman Assistant Professor of Management at Wharton. She holds a PhD in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as a JD from Harvard Law School. Previously, she has held faculty positions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Northwestern University Law School.

Research Interests

Organizational theory (political sociology, institutional theory); nonmarket strategy; corporate governance; corporate misconduct and punishment