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Institute Staff

Dr. Maria Elena (Annelle) Rivera-Beckstrom

Research Associate

As the research associate for the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, Maria Elena Rivera-Beckstrom, also known as Annelle, conducts research to support the development of thought leadership for the Institute’s practice areas. She also participates in the Simmons University community’s efforts on racial justice and inclusive culture. Annelle has served as an instructor for the Simmons University Undergraduate (PLAN) program.

In addition to her work on issues around gender equity, inclusive leadership, and women’s studies, she also engages in research and publication on comparative constitutional politics and legal culture.

Annelle is a Visiting Lecturer at Salem State University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department where she teaches courses on gender studies and socio-legal studies. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research and her BA in Business Administration from Miriam College in the Philippines.

Annelle enjoys living in Swampscott, MA with her husband, Chris, and their dog Sasha.

Professional Experience

Annelle originally joined Simmons University as part of the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO). Prior to her role with the CGO, she taught sociology and socio-legal courses at the University of Illinois Springfield, Bowdoin College and Rutgers University at Newark.

Publications & Press

Annelle is a co-author of several Simmons University publications, including Five Influential Factors: Women’s Pathways to Leadership (Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, September 2020), What’s Power Got To Do With It? Seeking Gender-Equity in Organizations Through Male Ally Initiatives (Under review at Advancing Women in Leadership) and Women’s Experiences with “Male Allies” (Center for Gender in Organizations, November 2018).

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