- Ph.D., industrial-organizational psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
- M.S., industrial-organizational psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
- B.A., psychology and economics, The University of Maryland, College Park
- diversity, equity, and inclusion
- positive organizational behavior
- workplace mistreatment
Christian Thoroughgood, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. His areas of expertise include diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership, positive organizational behavior, and workplace mistreatment. He earned his M.S. and Ph.d. in industrial/organizational psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. His research has been published in various outlets, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Business Ethics, as well as featured in various media outlets, including the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, The Conversation, and The Atlantic. He currently serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Group and Organization Management. Additionally, he has worked on large-scale research grants funded through the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and provides consulting services to organizations on issues related to employee engagement, selection and assessment, performance evaluation, training, and diversity and inclusion.
- Sawyer, K.B., Thoroughgood, C.N., Stillwell, E., Duffy, M., Scott, K., & Adair, E. (in press). Being present and thankful: A multi-study investigation of mindfulness, gratitude, and employee helping behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Lee, K., Sawyer, K.B., & Zagenczyk, T.J. (in press). Change is coming, time to undermine? Examining the countervailing effects of anticipated organizational change and coworker exchange quality on the relationship between Machiavellianism and social undermining at work. Journal of Business Ethics.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K.B., & Webster, J. (2021). Because you’re worth the risks: Acts of oppositional courage as symbolic messages of relational value to transgender employees. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106, 399-421.
* Selected as a winner of the 2021 Responsible Research in Management Award by the AOM Fellows Group and the Community for Responsible
Research in Business Management.
* Selected by the GDO Division of AOM as a runner up for the 2021 Saroj Parasuraman Award for the best peer-reviewed paper in the field of
gender and diversity.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K.B., & Webster, J. (2020). Finding calm in the storm: A daily investigation of how trait mindfulness buffers against paranoid cognition and emotional exhaustion following perceived discrimination at work. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 159, 49-63.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K.B., & Webster, J. (2020). Creating a trans-inclusive workplace: How to make transgender employees feel valued at work. Harvard Business Review, 98, 114-123.
* Selected for HBR’s 10 Must Reads 2021: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K., Padilla, A., & Lunsford, L. (2018). Destructive leadership: A critique of leader-centric perspectives and toward a more holistic definition. Journal of Business Ethics, 151, 627-649.
- Webster, J., Adams, G., Maranto, C., Sawyer, K.B., & Thoroughgood, C.N. (2018). Workplace contextual supports for LGBT employees: A meta-analytic review and agenda for future research. Human Resource Management, 57, 193-210.
- Sawyer, K.B., Thoroughgood, C.N., & Ladge, J. (2017). Invisible families, invisible conflicts: Examining the added layer of conflict for employees with LGB families. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 103, 23-39.
* Finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.
- Martinez, L., Sawyer, K.B., & Thoroughgood, C.N., Ruggs, E., & Smith, N. (2017). The importance of being “me”: The relation between authentic identity expression and transgender employees’ work-related attitudes and experiences. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 215-226.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Sawyer, K.B., & Webster, J.R. (2017). What lies beneath: How paranoid cognition explains the relations between transgender employees’ perceptions of discrimination at work and their job attitudes and wellbeing. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 103, 99-112.
- Myer, A., Thoroughgood, C.N., & Mohammed, S. (2016). Complementary or competing climates? Examining the interactive effect of service and ethical climates on company-level financial performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 1178-1190.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Padilla, A., Hunter, S., & Tate, B. (2012) The susceptible circle: A taxonomy of followers associated with destructive leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 897-917.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Tate, B.W., Sawyer, K.B., & Jacobs, R. (2012). Bad to the bone: Empirically defining and measuring destructive leader behavior. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 19, 228-253.
- Thoroughgood, C.N., Hunter, S.T., & Sawyer, K.B. (2011). Bad apples, bad barrels, and broken followers? An empirical examination of contextual influences on follower perceptions and reactions to aversive leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 100, 647-672.
- Hunter, S. T., Cushenbery, L., Thoroughgood, C.N. & Ligon, G.S. (2011). First and ten leadership: A historiometric investigation of the CIP leadership model. The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 70-91.