Short Bio & CV
Melissa Mazmanian is an Associate Professor of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and Associate Professor of Organization and Management at the Paul Merage School of Management (joint) at the University of California, Irvine.
Melissa’s interests revolve around communication practices in personal and organizational contexts, specifically in relation to social norms and the nature of personal and professional time in the digital age.
Her upcoming book (with colleague Christine Beckman), titled Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working, and Parenting in the Digital Age is being published by Stanford University press in June, 2020. Based on their ethnographic research Melissa and Christine explore how busy professionals and their families use communication technologies to enact myths of the Ideal Worker, Perfect Parent, and Cultivated Body and the structures of scaffolding they rely on to "do it all."
In addition, Melissa is interested in the intersection between formal power structures and everyday practices in organizations. In this vein she has been engaged in qualitative research on practices of budgeting, the introduction of electronic health systems, change efforts to promote predictable time off, and smartphone use in work contexts.
Melissa has published in Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, MIS Quarterly and ACM venues such as CHI and CSCW. She earned her PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Masters in Information Economics, Management and Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Information. She serves as a Senior Editor for Organization Science.