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Liza Barnes, PhD

Assistant Professor



Liza Y. Barnes is an Assistant Professor of Management at the LeBow College of Business. She received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. Through her research, Dr. Barnes explores the complexities and challenges of relationships at work. She specifically examines how employees build and repair relationships, how relationship quality affects and is affected by identity construction, and how individuals manage relationships with colleagues during personal critical life events. Her work has been published in top management outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Psychology Review, and Harvard Business Review.

Areas of Expertise

  • Work Life Balance/Conflict
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Identity Management
  • Compassion at Work
  • Positive Relationships at Work
  • Right-Hand Partners
  • Behavioral Science/Org Behavior

Selected Works


Barnes, Liza, Lacerenza, Christina N., and Volpone, Sabrina D., Becoming a Right-Hand Partner: How Lower-Power Employees Heedfully Challenge Organizational Leaders. Academy of Management Journal (Forthcoming).

Maynard, M. Travis, Conroy, Samantha, Lacerenza, Christina N., and Barnes, Liza, Teams in the wild are not extinct, but challenging to research: A guide for conducting impactful team field research with 10 recommendations and 10 best practices. Organizational Psychology Review 11 (Feb 2021):274-318.

Keplinger, Ksenia, Johnson, Stefanie K., Kirk, Jessica F., and Barnes, Liza, Women at work: Changes in sexual harassment between September 2016 and September 2018. PLOS ONE 14 (Jul 2019).


PhD Organizational Behavior-University of Colorado USA 2023
BA Organizational Studies-University of Michigan 2014


Small Research Grant (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) $6,250 Jan 2022.


2023 AOM MOC Outstanding Reviewer Award (Academy of Management)
2023 AOM HR Division/SHRM Foundation Dissertation Award (Society for Human Resource Management)