Faculty/Staff Current Students
Maria Baskerville
Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Development

Marla Baskerville

112 Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000




PhD in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Sociology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
MEd in Guidance and Counseling, Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
BS in Psychology, Howard University, Washington, DC

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Watkins research interests are in the area of gender, diversity, modern sexism, sexuality in the workplace, and organizational politics.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Watkins has done consulting work for NASA, The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO), and Springboard-Partners. She has also worked as marketing manager for ClubMom, Incorporated. Prior to joining the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Professor Watkins was an instructor at Tulane University where she taught undergraduate business classes.

Services to the Profession

Professor Watkins is a member of several professional organizations, including Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Awards & Recognition

2007 INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Competition Finalist

2007-2008 Murphy Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Graduate Fellowship, Competitive fellowship in support of dissertation research.

2006 NASA Grant ($184,000) to empirically analyze the sustainability of two shuttle program locations in the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina (Research Team: Anari, A., Boswell, W., Umphress, E. E., Zardkoohi, A., Ren, R. L., Watkins, M. B. & Triana, M., Texas A&M University)


Selected Publications

Smith, A. N., Watkins, M. B., Burke, M. J., Christian, M. S., Smith, C, Hall, A., & Simms, S. (2013). Gendered influence: A gender-role perspective on the use and effectiveness of influence tactics. Journal of Management.

Watkins, M. B., Smith, A. N., & Aquino, K. (2013) Sexual Influence: The Use and Consequences of Strategic Sexual Performances. Academy of Management Perspectives.

Boswell, W., Watkins, M. B., Triana, M. C., Zardkoohi, A., Ren. R., & Umphress, E. E. (2012). Second-class citizens? Contractor employees’ perceived status at work, dual commitment, and turnover intent. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Watkins, M. B., Ren, L. R., Umphress, E., Zardkoohi, A., & Triana, M. C. (2012). Your work is interfering with our life! The role of significant other perspectives of work family conflict to employee job search activity.  Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Burke, M. J., Watkins, M. B., & Guzman, E. (2009).  Performing in a multi-cultural context: The role of personality. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.


Selected Presentations

Chair, Careers symposium, “Transforming the Boundaries of Organizational Life” (2013). Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, FL.

Smith, A. N., Watkins, M. B., M., Burke, M. J., Christian, M. S., Smith, C. E., Hall, A. V., & Simms, S. (2013). How gender role theory illuminates influence tactics’ use and effectiveness. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX.

Smith, A. N., & Watkins, M. B, Burke, M., Christian, M., Smith, C., Hall, A., & Simms, S, V. K.  (2012). Gender as the compass:  Gender as a key to navigating effectiveworkplace influence.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

Smith A. N., & Watkins, M. B. (2012).  The Flirting Bias: Gender’s Influence on Evaluations of Flirtatious Employees.  Paper presented at the Gender, Work, and Organization Conference, Staffordshire, England.

Watkins, M. B., Ren, L. R., Umphress, E. E., Boswell, W., Triana, M. C., & Zardkoohi, A. (2011). After the Levees Broke: The Roles of Perceived Corporate Responsiveness, Perceived Organizational Support, and Organizational Justice on Emotional Exhaustion after a Natural Disaster.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.

Selected Media Appearances