Insiya Hussain

PhD Candidate in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management

B.A., Columbia University

Insiya Hussain began the program in Fall 2014. She investigates employee voice and silence, uncovering when and why workers refrain from speaking up to their managers when they have ideas and opinions that could benefit the team. She also examines conditions under which employees encounter backlash when advocating their interests, such as in negotiating for workplace rewards. 

In her dissertation, Insiya focuses on the problem of why organizations have failed to make sufficient progress on gender equity issues. She argues that female homophily in coalitions for change on gender issues can hamper success, and that both male and female participation is crucial to gaining support on such issues. Her theory is based on the signaling effects of male and female participation in the eyes of external stakeholders, such that men bringing a sense of importance to gender equity issues and women bring a perceived legitimacy to speak up about the issues in the first place. Her dissertation presents a novel explanation for the importance of demographic diversity in advocacy coalitions, particular those tackling issues that implicate social identities. 

Insiya's research on employee voice is featured in the Academy of Management Journal. In 2018, Insiya was awarded the All S.T.A.R. fellowship in recognition of her contributions as a graduate research assistant. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Insiya worked as an Equity Research Analyst at J.P. Morgan, and as a Project Manager leading new product development at technology companies. 


Hussain, I., Shu, R., Tangirala, S., Ekkirala, S. The Voice Bystander Effect: How Information Redundancy Inhibits Employee Voice. (in press) Academy of Management Journal.


Hussain, I. Thau, S.(2017) Money Vs. Meaning: How Organizational Emphasis On Work Meaning Inhibits Employee Compensation Demands. 10.5465/AMBPP.2016.14408 abstract. In Guclu Atinc (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-seventh Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. (Top 10% of paper submissions to the 2017 Academy of Management Annual Meeting)