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Melissa Abad

Melissa Abad

Research Associate

Melissa V. Abad, PhD is a sociologist at the Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab, where she builds upon the Institute's engagement with intersectionality scholarship and leads the its intersectional leadership research agenda. She also collaborates with the Seeds of Change program, a leadership initiative that trains and supports young women in STEM as they transition through high school and college to successful technology careers. 

Her research examines the career trajectories of women of color in the technology and finance, and lies at the intersection of organizational sociology and intersectionality. Current projects include: Latina leadership in the U.S.; how organizational practices sustain racial and gender inequality; and how labor market contexts influence the civic engagement of college-educated professionals. Abad speaks on these topics and has given presentations for Prospanica Silicon Valley and the California Latina Leadership Institute.

Abad completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Northwestern University.