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Dr Mayra Ruiz Castro

PhD, MSc
Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

Kingston Business School
Room KHBS 3007
Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames


Mayra Ruiz Castro is a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Kingston Business School. Before joining Kingston University in September 2015, Mayra worked as a researcher at the Harvard Business School focusing on gender equality issues at work and at home. She was also a part-time Lecturer at Babson College and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender in Organizations (Simmons College) and Women’s Studies Research Center (Brandeis University).

Mayra also worked as a researcher at the University of Stuttgart, conducting an evaluation of mentoring programs for women in Germany, a project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

She holds a Ph.D. degree in Development, Organizations and Gender and a M.Sc. degree in Development Administration and Planning, both from University College London. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad La Salle, Mexico. She has been the recipient of grants from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), British Council, and Santander mobility funding program.

In her native country, Mexico, Mayra implemented a 360-degree performance feedback and evaluation system at Ernst & Young, implemented Cisco Systems’ Networking Academy Program in more than 150 Universities, and implemented team-building and personal development initiatives at Softtek. She has also worked with non-governmental organizations committed to greater social equality in India and Mexico.


Mayra works together with academics and practitioners to identify the role of gender in organizational and household dynamics, particularly in emerging economies. She advises organizations on the implementation and evaluation of gender equality and work/life balance initiatives. 

Research Interest(s)

Mayra’s research is concerned with gender equality at work and at home. With co-authors Kathleen McGinn and Elizabeth Long Lingo, she is currently investigating the effects of employed mothers on daughters and son’s career and life outcomes across 24 countries. Preliminary findings of this research have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Global, CNN in Spanish, Le Monde, Forbes, Fortune, ARD Germany, El Mercurio Chile, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post.

In addition, she is analyzing survey data collected at multinational corporations in Mexico to study the relationship between gender attitudes, intra-household dynamics and organizational practices and its effects on women and men’s working and personal lives.

She is also studying career advancement processes in professional service firms from an intersectional perspective, paying attention to the intersections of gender, class, race and culture (forthcoming, with co-author Evangelina Holvino).

Mayra currently collaborates with colleagues from Harvard Business School, IPADE Business School, Simmons College, Mount Holyoke College, Cass Business School, and the University of Manchester.


Mayra has taught Organizational Behavior, Leading and Change, and Qualitative Research Methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Recent Publications

Number of items: 6.


Ruiz Castro, Mayra (2016) Applying intersectionality in organizations : inequality markers, cultural scripts and advancement practices in a professional service firm. Gender, Work & Organization, ISSN (print) 0968-6673 (In Press)

Ruiz Castro, Mayra (2012) Time demands and gender roles: the case of a big four firm in Mexico. Gender, Work & Organization, 19(5), pp. 532-554. ISSN (print) 0968-6673

Conference or Workshop Item

Ruiz Castro, Mayra (2016) Alternative stories of resistance to the long-hours practice in professional service firms. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium: Organizing in the Shadow of Power; 07-09 Jul 2016, Naples, Italy. (Unpublished)

Ruiz Castro, Mayra and Holvino, Evangelina (2016) Applying intersectionality in organizations: inequality markers, cultural scripts and advancement practices in a professional services firm. In: Gender Work and Organisation : 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference; 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Keele, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ruiz Castro, Mayra (2016) Communities of practice and long working hours: challenging masculine practices in professional service firms. In: Gender, Work and Organization 2016: 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference; 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Keele, U.K.. (Unpublished)


McGinn, Kathleen L., Ruiz Castro, Mayra and Long Lingo, Elizabeth (2015) Mums the word! Cross-national effects of maternal employment and gender inequalities at work and at home. (Working Paper) Harvard Business School. (HBS Working Paper Series, no. 15-094)

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