Selected Publications

  • Baskerville, M., Simmons, A., Umphress, E. E. (in press). It’s Not Black and White:  Toward a Contingency Perspective on the Consequences of Being a Token. Academy of Management Perspectives.
  • Washington, A. S., Baskerville, M., Ladge, J. Interviews with 59 Black female executives explore intersectional invisibility. Harvard Business Review.
  • Smith, A. N., Watkins, M. B., Burke, M. J., Christian, M. S., Smith, C, Hall, A., & Simms, S. (2013). Gendered influence: A gender-role perspective on the use and effectiveness of influence tactics. Journal of Management.
  • Watkins, M. B., Smith, A. N., & Aquino, K. (2013) Sexual Influence: The Use and Consequences of Strategic Sexual Performances. Academy of Management Perspectives.
  • Boswell, W., Watkins, M. B., Triana, M. C., Zardkoohi, A., Ren. R., & Umphress, E. E. (2012). Second-class citizens? Contractor employees’ perceived status at work, dual commitment, and turnover intent. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
  • Watkins, M. B., Ren, L. R., Umphress, E., Zardkoohi, A., & Triana, M. C. (2012). Your work is interfering with our life! The role of significant other perspectives of work family conflict to employee job search activity.  Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
  • Burke, M. J., Watkins, M. B., & Guzman, E. (2009).  Performing in a multi-cultural context: The role of personality. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Selected Presentations

  • Chair, Careers symposium, “Transforming the Boundaries of Organizational Life” (2013). Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL.
  • Smith, A. N., Watkins, M. B., M., Burke, M. J., Christian, M. S., Smith, C. E., Hall, A. V., & Simms, S. (2013). How gender role theory illuminates influence tactics’ use and effectiveness. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX.
  • Smith, A. N., & Watkins, M. B, Burke, M., Christian, M., Smith, C., Hall, A., & Simms, S, V. K.  (2012). Gender as the compass:  Gender as a key to navigating effectiveworkplace influence.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • Smith A. N., & Watkins, M. B. (2012).  The Flirting Bias: Gender’s Influence on Evaluations of Flirtatious Employees.  Paper presented at the Gender, Work, and Organization Conference, Staffordshire, England.
  • Watkins, M. B., Ren, L. R., Umphress, E. E., Boswell, W., Triana, M. C., & Zardkoohi, A. (2011). After the Levees Broke: The Roles of Perceived Corporate Responsiveness, Perceived Organizational Support, and Organizational Justice on Emotional Exhaustion after a Natural Disaster.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.

Education

  • PhD in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Sociology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • MEd in Guidance and Counseling, Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • BS in Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Watkins research interests are in the area of gender, diversity, modern sexism, sexuality in the workplace, and organizational politics.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Watkins has done consulting work for NASA, The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO), and Springboard-Partners. She has also worked as marketing manager for ClubMom, Incorporated. Prior to joining the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Professor Watkins was an instructor at Tulane University where she taught undergraduate business classes.

Services to the Profession

Professor Watkins is a member of several professional organizations, including Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007 INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Competition Finalist
  • 2007-2008 Murphy Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Graduate Fellowship, Competitive fellowship in support of dissertation research.
  • 2006 NASA Grant ($184,000) to empirically analyze the sustainability of two shuttle program locations in the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina (Research Team: Anari, A., Boswell, W., Umphress, E. E., Zardkoohi, A., Ren, R. L., Watkins, M. B. & Triana, M., Texas A&M University)