Mary-Hunter McDonnell


Assistant Professor


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In her research, Mary-Hunter (Mae) McDonnell explores the political interactions between corporations and their myriad stakeholders. In particular, she is interested in how a company’s interactions with its stakeholders shape corporate social activity and non-market strategy. Her work also sheds light on the mechanisms that stakeholders use to enforce social norms for corporations and to punish corporate transgressions.

In her dissertation, “Moving Targets: Dynamic Interaction in Market Contention,” McDonnell investigated how social movements affect corporate strategy through contentious tactics like boycotts, protest, and negative media campaigns. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed outlets, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Psychological Science, Strategic Organization, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Her work has also been covered in several popular media outlets, including The Financial Times, The Economist, and Wired. She has taught courses on business law, corporate governance, and leadership and influence. McDonnell’s professional experience includes work at Mayer Brown LLP, the Office of the President of the Supreme Court of Thailand, and the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


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  • Ph.D. (2013) Northwestern University, Management & Organizations
  • J.D. (2011) Harvard University,
  • B.A. (2006) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Philosophy