Emilio J. Castilla is currently an associate professor of management at the MIT Sloan School of Management (Behavioral and Policy Sciences Area), where he teaches courses in organizational behavior and strategic human resource management. He joined MIT after being a faculty member in the Management Department at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT; and also a research Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and at the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School. He received his post-graduate diploma degree in business analysis from the Management School in Lancaster University (UK) and his PhD (and MA) from Stanford University.

His research primarily focuses on the sociological aspects of work and employment. He is particularly interested in examining how social networks and organizational processes influence employment outcomes over time, and he tackles these questions by examining different empirical settings with unique longitudinal datasets, at both the individual and organizational level. His work has been published in several academic journals and edited volumes. He has also written a book on the use of longitudinal methods in social science research (Elsevier/ Academic Press). He received the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship of the American Sociological Association in 2001 (with Fernandez and Moore). He is the recipient of the Cilker Teaching Award and the Stanford Centennial Teaching Award.


Selected Publications

Emilio J. Castilla, George J. Lan, and Ben A. Rissing. 2013. "Social Networks and Employment: Outcomes (Part 2)." Sociological Compass 7/12: 1013-1026.

Emilio J. Castilla. 2012. "Gender, Race, and the New (Merit-based) Employment Relationship." Industrial Relations. 51 (2): 1-35.

Emilio J. Castilla. 2011. "Bringing Managers Back In: Managerial Influences on Workplace Inequality." American Sociological Review 76 (5): 667-694.

Emilio J. Castilla and Steve Benard. 2010. "The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations." Administrative Science Quarterly 55 (4): 543-576. [Winner of the 2010 Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award, presented by the OB Division of the Academy of Management].

Emilio J. Castilla. 2008. "Gender, Race, and Meritocracy in Organizational Careers." American Journal of Sociology 113 (6): 1479-1526.

Emilio J. Castilla. 2005. "Social Networks and Employee Performance in a Call Center." American Journal of Sociology 110 (5): 1243-1283.

Roberto M. Fernández and Emilio J. Castilla. 2001. "How Much is That Network Worth? Social Capital in Employee Referral Networks." In Social Capital: Theory and Research, edited by Karen Cook, Nan Lin, and Ronald S. Burt. Chicago: Aldine-deGruyter.

Roberto M. Fernández, Emilio J. Castilla and Paul Moore. 2000. "Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center." American Journal of Sociology 105 (5): 1288-1356. [Winner of the 2001 W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship presented by the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the American Sociological Association].

Emilio J. Castilla, Hokyu Hwang. Mark Granovetter and Ellen Granovetter. 2000. "Social Networks in Silicon Valley." Chapter 11 in The Silicon Valley Edge: A Habitat for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, edited by Chong-Moon Lee, William F. Miller, Henry Rowen, and Marguerite Hancock. Stanford: Stanford University Press. There is also a Chinese translation.


Selected Books

Emilio J. Castilla. 2007. Dynamic Analysis in the Social Sciences. Academic Press & Elsevier.

Emilio J. Castilla. 1998. Análisis Dinámico. The Methodology of the Social Sciences Series. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.


Other Links

Institute for Work and Employment Research


MIT Sloan Faculty and Research 




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