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Insiya Hussain

Assistant Professor

Department:     Management

Research Areas:     Business Communication, Dispute Resolution, Diversity, Organizational Behavior

Insiya Hussain

Insiya Hussain is an Assistant Professor of Management. Her research focuses on understanding how employees can overcome the challenges of speaking up at work to share their ideas and opinions, advocate social issues, and negotiate for personal rewards. Insiya’s research has been published in leading academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Journal of Applied Psychology. Her work has also been featured in practitioner outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg, and Harvard Business Review. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board at Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Prior to joining academia, Insiya worked at J.P. Morgan’s investment bank and as a Project Manager at technology companies. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland.



McCombs Research Excellence Grant


McCombs Research Excellence Grant


McCombs Research Excellence Grant


All S.T.A.R. Fellowship, University of Maryland


Allan N. Nash Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student


Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management OB Division, 2015


Insiya Hussain, Marko Pitesa, Stefan Thau, and Michael Schaerer.  Mar/Apr 2024. Pay Suppression in Social Impact Contexts: How Framing Work Around the Greater Good Inhibits Job Candidate Compensation Demands.
Organization Science 35(2): 525-549.

Insiya Hussain, Subrahmaniam Tangirala, and Elad N. Sherf. Aug. 2023.
Signaling Legitimacy: Why Mixed-Gender Coalitions Outperform Single-Gender Coalitions in Advocating for Gender Equity. Academy of Management Journal 66(4): 1233-1262.

Insiya Hussain, Marko Pitesa, Stefan Thau, and Michael Schaerer. July 2023. Research: Why Employees Accept Lower Pay at Mission-Oriented Companies. Harvard Business Review (digital), July 27, 2023.

Hussain, I. (2023). Job applicants can support a company’s mission—and still ask for more money. Wall Street Journal. June 8.


Hussain, I. (2022). Workplace anti-bias trainings aren't enough. The Progressive Magazine, Oct 14.

Hussain, I. (2023). The 'power paradox' that's holding back workplace allies. Fortune, Jan 30.

Insiya Hussain, Subrahmaniam Tangirala, and Elad N. Sherf. Signaling Legitimacy: Why Mixed-Gender Coalitions Outperform Single-Gender Coalitions in Advocating for Gender Equity. Academy of Management Journal (in press).

H. Park, S. Tangirala, Insiya Hussain, and S. Ekkirala. Dec 2022. How and When Managers Reward Employees’ Voice: The role of Proactivity Attributions. Journal of Applied Psychology 107(12): 2269–2284

Park, H., Tangirala, S., & Hussain, I. (2022). The unintended consequences of asking for employee input. Harvard Business Review Digital Article, Feb. 18.

Parke, M., Tangirala, S., & Hussain, I. (2021). Creating organizational citizens: How and when supervisor- versus peer-led role interventions change organizational citizenship behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(11), 1714–33.


Hussain, I., & Tangirala, S. (2019). Why open secrets exist in organizations. Harvard Business Review Digital Article, Jan. 14.

Hussain, I., Shu, R., Tangirala, S., & Ekkirala, S. (2019). The voice bystander effect: How information redundancy inhibits employee voice. Academy of Management Journal, 62(3), 828-49.