Malissa Alinor

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Malissa Alinor is a sociologist who investigates how discrimination disrupts our lives. Her current research focuses on how women and people of color experience racial and gender bias, the emotional and behavioral consequences of experiencing bias, and how organizational policies shape inequality. Her other research areas include social psychology, emotions, and health. To study these topics, she uses experimental, qualitative, and quantitative methods.

Alinor’s research informs organizations on the needs of a diverse workplace. Her work has appeared in academic journals such as Social Psychology Quarterly, American Behavioral Scientist, and Social Science Research as well as public outlets such as Harvard Business Review. Additionally, her work has received recognition and support from the Southern Regional Education Board and the American Sociological Association.

Alinor received a PhD and MA in sociology from the University of Georgia and holds a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab.