Matissa Hollister

Assistant Professor (Teaching), Organizational Behaviour
Matissa Hollister
Contact Information
Email address: 
matissa.hollister [at]
Alternate email address: 
linda.foster [at]

Bronfman Building [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


PhD, Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University, USA
Master, City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
BA, Urban Studies, Architecture, and Urban Planning, USA


Organizational Behaviour
Curriculum vitae: 
CAS Professoriate
Research areas: 
Career Management
Changing Nature of Work & Retirement
Comparative Labour & Industrial Policies
Data Analytics
Employment Instability & Insecurity
Human Resource Management
Labour Force & Labour Market
Managerial Careers
Organizational Theory
Trends in Career Patterns
Work & Family
Selected publications: 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

St-Denis, Xavier and Matissa N. Hollister (forthcoming). “Two Paths Towards Job Instability: Comparing Changes in the Distribution of Job Tenure Duration in the United Kingdom and Germany, 1984-2014.” British Journal of Industrial Relations.

St-Denis, Xavier, and Matissa Hollister (2023). “Are All the Stable Jobs Gone? The Transformation of the Worker–Firm Relationship and Trends in Job Tenure Duration and Separations in Canada, 1976–2015.” Work, Employment and Society. OnlineFirst, Feb 1. doi: 10.1177/09500170221146916.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2015). “Professions at the Helm or Left Behind? Trends in the Occupations of College Graduates Since WWII.” Journal of Education and Work 28(3):301-331.

Hollister, Matissa N. and Kristin E. Smith (2014). "Unmasking the conflicting trends in job tenure by gender in the United States, 1983-2010." American Sociological Review 79(1):159-181.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2012) “Employer and Occupational Instability in Two Cohorts of the National Longitudinal Surveys” The Sociological Quarterly. 53(2): 238-263.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2011). “Employment Stability in the U.S. Labor Market: Rhetoric vs. Reality.” Annual Review of Sociology. 37(1):305-324.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2009) “Is Optimal Matching Sub-Optimal?” Sociological Methods & Research 38(2):235-264.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2004). “Does Firm Size Matter Anymore? The New Economy and the Causes of the Firm Size Wage Effect.” American Sociological Review 69(5):659-676.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


2019-2021: Mcgill University Artificial Intelligence Fellow, World Economic Forum, San Francisco Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

2010: Visiting Scholar, The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality

2006: Fellow, Summer Institute on Economy and Society: Trajectories of Capitalism, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

1999-2005: Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy. The National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program.


2021-2022: “Shocked by uncertainty – the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic on life courses.” co-PI. INRS Covid Innovation Grant

2018-2022: “Should I stay or should I go? The consequences of job mobility on future hiring prospects.” PI. SSHRC Insight Grant

2017-2019: “What do we really know about job instability trends? New approaches to measurement issues using data from Canada & the US.” PI. Russell Sage Foundation Presidential Award.

2010-2012: “Corporate Downsizing and Restructuring in the United States, 1971-present” National Science Foundation

2008: “Corporate Downsizing and Restructuring in the United States, 1971-present” Social Science Research Grant, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy Research, Dartmouth College


Co-chair, HR Working Group, Responsible AI Certification Standards, October 2021-current.

“AI in Hiring” Invited guest. Let’s Go, CBC Radio One Montreal, February 2023.

"Reimagining the Future of Work” Panelist. Futures Week, Policy Horizons, Government of Canada, June 2022.

An Ethical, Human-Centred Approach to AI in Human Resources, with Matissa HollisterDelve podcast, June 2022.

“AI and Labour Market Matching” Panelist. OECD International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills, February 2022.

Impact of AI on human resources.” Wall Street Journal. Coverage of my work, January 2022.

How to keep the 'human' in human resources with AI-based tools.” Op-ed, Agenda. December 2021.

Consultations with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Sonderling, August 2021, January 2022, and ongoing.

“Intrapreneurship Using Data Science” Instructor. McGill Executive Institute Leading a Sustainable Future course, November 2021.

“The AI in HR Paradox” Instructor. McGill Executive Institute Level Up Webinar, May 2021.

“How best can we address the digital divide to ensure AI is developed without borders?” Panelist. World Summit AI Americas, April 2021.

“The rise and risk of ethical talent AI” Australasian Talent Conference Digital Event, April 2021.

“AI in Hiring” Panelist. Center for Democracy and Technology Working Group Series, March 2021.

“Biases in AI” Panelist. Women in High Performance Computing, Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium, November 2020.

“Advancing Inclusive AI” Panelist. Center for Equity, Gender & Leadership, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, November 2020.

“Human-Machine Collaboration” Panelist. FU.SE Building the Future of Work Together, September 2020.

“Using AI in Human Resources: Creating policies that enable the future of work” Session organizer and facilitator. Cogx 2020, July 2020.

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