Schulich Professor Appointed York Research Chair in Stigmatization and Social Identity

Brent Lyons Assistant Professor of Organization Studies
Brent Lyons

Brent Lyons, an Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at Schulich, was named a Tier II Research Chair in Stigmatization and Social Identity. The Chair is part of the York Research Chairs (YRC) program, established in 2015 to recognize outstanding researchers and to spur the development of “visionary work” that has global impact.

Professor Lyons studies stigma in organizations and how people with stigmatized social identities navigate their work and interpersonal relationships. “Our new YRCs are leading scholars and mentors in their fields,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton. Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth believes Professor Lyons is  one of the pioneers in the study of persons with disability (PWD) as it pertains to human resource management. “Professor Lyons’ work is at the leading edge of research on topics related to stigma, social identity and issues of diversity and inclusion,” said Dean Horváth. “His research also has direct implications for marginalized groups as it relates to the labour force.” 

Professor Lyons has been invited to present his research at leading universities worldwide, including Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Babson College, and Bocconi University, as well as top universities across Canada, including the University of British Columbia and Wilfred Laurier. His research has been covered by numerous media outlets, including The Globe and Mail.

Professor Lyons serves on various editorial boards, including the Journal of Applied Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He has published his work in top tier journals such as the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Management. He is extensively involved in the training of future researchers and is currently working with eight PhD students from York University and from other universities around the world.