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Malissa Alinor

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
On Leave 2022-2023

Malissa Alinor is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on how women and people of color experience racial and gender bias, the emotional and behavioral consequences of experiencing bias, and how organizational policies shape inequality. Her other research areas include social psychology, emotions, and health. To study these topics, she utilizes experimental, qualitative, and quantitative methods.


Dr. Alinor’s research informs organizations on the needs of a diverse workplace. Her work has appeared in academic journals such as Social Science Research and public outlets such as Harvard Business Review. Additionally, her work has received external support from the Southern Regional Education Board and the American Sociological Association.


Dr. Alinor received a PhD and MA in sociology from the University of Georgia and holds a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida. She is currently on leave while completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, making social science research work for the social good.

Malissa Alinor