Vanessa Burke, ABD

Dr. Burke photoOffice: 213 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Baton Rouge, LA 70803







Vanessa Burke is currently seeking undergraduate research assistants to start as early as the Spring of 2022, and is open to recruiting a Ph.D. student for the Fall of 2022. Students interested in her work on diversity and/or leadership can email her at


2019 – Present, Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University (expected Fall 2021)

2017 – 2019, M.S. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

2013 – 2017, B.S. Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Research Interests

· Diversity and inclusion

· Leadership

· Power dynamics

· Mistreatment/harassment

Vanessa Burke's research examines the intersection between diversity and the hierarchical nature of organizations. Her work centers on how demographic (gender, age, race) and behavioral (sexual harassment, emotional displays, leader errors) indicators of power and social status determine who has access to opportunities. Specifically, how do these power and status dynamics manifest through formal positions (leadership) and informal social dynamics (power claiming, maintenance, and loss). She is driven to critically evaluate the way individual employees interact with organizational structures, investigating mixed and evolving findings in the gender and diversity literature.