Selected Publications

  • Ladge, J.J. & Greenberg, D. Maternal Optimism: Forging a Positive Path through Work and Family, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.
  • Washington, A. S., Baskerville, M., Ladge, J. Interviews with 59 Black female executives explore intersectional invisibility. Harvard Business Review.
  • Ladge, J.J. & Little, L. (2019). When expectations become reality: Work–family image management and identity adaptation in organizational life. Academy of Management Review, 41(1): 126-149.
  • Ladge, J., Humberd, B., Eddleston, K. (2018). Retaining professionally-employed new mothers: The importance of maternal confidence and workplace support to their intent to stay. Human Resource Management, 57(4), 40.
  • Ladge, J., King, M., Ortenblad, M. (2018). What Will It Take to Make Finance More Gender-Balanced? Harvard Business Review.
  • Sawyer, K., Thoroughgood, C., Ladge, J. (2018). How Companies Make It Harder for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Employees to Achieve Work-Life Balance. Harvard Business Review.
  • Ladge, J.J., Humberd, B. & Eddleston, K. (2017). Retaining professionally-employed mothers: Reconciling maternal self-efficacy, work-family conflict and intent to stay. Forthcoming, Human Resource Management, 57(4): 883-900.
  • Ladge, J.J. Humberd, B., Baskerville, M. & Harrington, B. (2015). Updating the organizational man: Fathers in the workplace, Academy of Management Perspectives. 29(1), 152-171.
  • Ladge, J., Clair, J and Greenberg, D. (2012). Cross-domain identity transition during liminal periods: Constructing multiple selves as “professional and mother” during pregnancy, Academy of Management Journal, 55(6): 1264-1294

Selected Presentations

  • Ladge, J.J., Eddleston, K. & Sugiyama, K. Am I an Entrepreneur: How Imposter Fears Hinder Women Entrepreneurs’ Business Growth. Academy of Management Start-up to Scale Up Meeting, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Ladge, J.J. & Little, L. (2017). When expectations become reality: Work–family image management and identity adaptation in organizational life. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Sugiyama, K., Ladge, J.J., Modestino, A. & Kenny, K. (2018). Careers in construction: Navigating tensions between stability and provisionality, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago. IL **Best Paper Award***
  • Ladge, J.J. (2016). Can Professionally-employed Mothers Have It All? Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Women in Public Policy Program, Cambridge, MA.


  • Ph.D., M.S., Organization Studies, Boston College, Carroll School of Management
  • B.S., Babson College

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Ladge’s primary research interests are with the intersection of identity, careers and work-life integration in organizations. Secondarily, she studies stigmatized social identities and gender and diversity issues in organizations.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Ladge has a professional background in consulting and high technology. She has worked for companies such as Unipower Solutions, Iron Mountain Consulting Services, LLC, and Fidelity Investments. She has also worked as a research associate for Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the D’Amore-McKim School of Business faculty at Northeastern University, Professor Ladge was an instructor at Boston College in the Carroll School of Management.

Services to the Profession

Professor Ladge is currently the Program Chair of the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. She is also a founding member of the Work-Family Researchers Network and a member of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, American Psychological Association and Society for Human Resource Professionals. She has been a faculty affiliate of the Boston College Center for Work and Family for the past 10 years and is a frequent speaker on the topic of gender and diversity in organizations and work-life integration. Professor Ladge’s research has been widely cited in popular news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, CNN Money, and Businessweek.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2018 Finalist, Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (top 5 finalist out of 2500 papers reviewed across 83 English language journals)
  • 2017 Tier 1 Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Grant Recipient, “Exploring Intellectual Agility and its Effects on Career Success,” $50,000 (with Alicia Sasser-Modestino/CSSH and Cigdem Talgar/CATLR)
  • 2015-2017 Humanities Research Collaborative Cluster Grant on Gender Equity, Northeastern University, $2,000 (with Alicia Sasser-Modestino/Economics/Public Policy)