Research Areas

Work and Organizations; Gender, Race and Class; Work/Life Balance; Careers; Emerging Economies 


Ph.D., University College London, UK 

M.Sc., University College London, UK 

B.A., Universidad La Salle, Mexico 

Mayra Ruiz Castro

Mayra Ruiz Castro

Mayra Ruiz Castro

Mayra Ruiz Castro is a scholar in the field of gender and organizations interested in the interplay between organizational practices and intra-household dynamics and its effects on work/life balance and career advancement, particularly in emerging economies. Her current research includes the intersectionality of gender, class, race, ethnicity and culture and the ways in which it determines people’s experiences of privilege and disadvantage at work.       

She is a Researcher at the Harvard Business School and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at the Simmons School of Management. She teaches Organizational Behavior at Babson College. She has been the recipient of grants from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) and the British Council.

Before moving to the US in summer 2012, Mayra Ruiz Castro worked as a researcher at the University of Stuttgart, where she conducted an evaluation of mentoring programs for women in German universities. Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the evaluation project addressed the impact of mentoring on female protégées’ career advancement and mentors’ leadership skills development.

Besides her native country Mexico, Mayra Ruiz Castro has lived and worked in the UK, Germany and India working in multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations. She is passionate about cultural diversity and approaches each of her moves to a new country as a unique learning opportunity. 

Current Projects

I will expand my analysis of the intersectionality of markers of inequality, organizational practices and national culture focusing on multinational corporations in Mexico. From a methodological perspective, I will explore the intersection of advantages and disadvantages attached to the researcher’s role while conducting fieldwork in organizations. 

Representative Publications

Ruiz Castro, M. “Time Demands and Gender Roles: The Case of a Big Four Firm in Mexico.” Gender, Work & Organization, 19(5), 532-554 (2012).