Research Areas

Mothering; Organizations


D.B.A., Harvard University

M.B.A., Harvard University

B.A., Wellesley College

Marcie Tyre

Marcie Tyre

Marcie Tyre

My research examines the experience of mothering and becoming a mother in contemporary America. One area of concern in my work is how our culture negates the physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences of pregnancy and pregnancy loss. My recent research explores responses to miscarriage across diverse cultures, and finds that such negation is widespread.  Another area of interest in my work is the experience of mothering young children.  From Victorian times to the present day, our culture has tended to portray motherhood as a sort of martyrdom. This tendency obscures some of the emotional and sensual joys of mothering.  My writing about my own experience of mothering seeks to highlight these aspects of the mothering experience. A third area of my work explores the often-overlooked power of the mother, and in particular the power of pregnancy. This research explores the basis of the pregnant mother’s power to effect social and political change.  

Before becoming a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, I spent ten years teaching management at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. I now spend my non-Scholarly time raising two children, growing vegetables, and hiking and skiing. 

Current Projects

On leave for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.

Representative Publications

Tyre, Marcie. “Pregnancy and Organizational Politics.” Gender in the Professions, Bentley College. February 2005.

Tyre, Marcie. “Smaller Than Life/Larger Than Life: Pregnancy, Miscarriage, and Spiritual Growth.” Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University. December 2003.