Dr. Kaylene J. McClanahan

Dr. Kaylene J. McClanahan

Senior Researcher
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar

PhD - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Email: kaylene.mcclanahan@anderson.ucla.edu
Website: https://www.kaylenemcclanahan.com/

Research Interests:

Race- and Gender-Based Hierarchies; Dominance and Prestige; Egalitarianism; Leadership; Emergence


Dr. Kaylene J. McClanahan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Management and Organizations area at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. McClanahan researches the hierarchies that emerge among individuals and groups. Her work on interpersonal hierarchies investigates the strategies individuals use to obtain and retain positions of power and how these strategies impact group functioning. Dr. McClanahan’s work also focuses on how and when race- and gender-based hierarchies are perpetuated or challenged.
In one line of work, she examines why even well-intentioned White people are often ineffective allies for racial minorities. In another line of work, she examines women’s efforts to evade gender discrimination in professional environments. Dr. McClanahan takes a multi-method approach to her research, employing experiments, longitudinal surveys, interventions, and big data techniques. She is a proponent of open science and an avid R user.