Matissa Hollister

Assistant Professor, 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: 
Tenured & Tenure Track
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

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.

Books and Edited Volumes


Chapters in Books


Awards, honours, and fellowships: 



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.


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

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