Matissa Hollister

Assistant Professor

Desautels Faculty of Management
Bronfman Building
1001 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1G5
matissa.hollister [at] (Email)



I am an assistant professor of Organizational Behavior Area at the Desautels School of Management at McGill University. I am broadly interested in patterns of employment and inequality in the United States and other developed countries. In recent years my research has focused on broad changes in employment patterns in the United States since the 1970s, in particular the growth in employment instability. While it seems obvious that workers are changing employers and careers more frequently than in the past, empirical evidence of this trend has been surprisingly weak. My research identifies several sources of these weak results and demonstrates that the growth in employment instability is stronger than the original empirical studies suggested. Future research will explore similar trends in employment instability in other developed countries.



  • Career Management & Changing Nature of Work & Retirement

  • Comparative Labour & Industrial Policies

  • Data Analytics

  • Employment Instability & Insecurity

  • Organizational Theory

  • Work & Family



PhD in Sociology and Social Policy (2006): Harvard University


Recent Publications:

Hollister, M., Maitlis, S., & Williams, T. A. (2017). Dynamics of Decline and Loss in Jobs, Organizations, Occupations, and Work Identity. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2017, No. 1, p. 10738). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

Hollister, M. (2015). Professions at the helm or left behind? Trends in the occupations of American College graduates since the Second World War in the United StatesJournal of Education and Work, 28(3), 301-331.

Hollister, Matissa N. and Kristin E. Smith (2014). "Unmasking the conflicting trends in job tenure by gender in the United States, 1983-2010." American Sociological Review 79(1):159-181.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2012) “Employer and Occupational Instability in Two Cohorts of the National Longitudinal SurveysThe Sociological Quarterly. 53(2): 238-263.

Hollister, Matissa N. (2011). “Employment Stability in the U.S. Labor Market: Rhetoric vs. Reality.” Annual Review of Sociology. 37(1):305-324.