Mikki Hebl is a proud native of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, who graduated with her B.A. from Smith College and her Ph.D. at Dartmouth College. She joined the faculty at Rice University in 1998, was given the endowed title of the Radoslav Tsanoff Assistant Professorship in 2000, and is currently the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychology with a joint appointment in the Jones School.
Mikki is an applied psychologist whose research focuses on workplace discrimination and barriers stigmatized individuals (e.g., women and ethnic minorities) face in social interactions, the hiring process, business settings, and the medical community. In addition, she addresses ways in which both individuals and organizations can remediate such discrimination. She has 125 publications to date that include journal articles, book chapters, and edited books. In 2014, she was honored with the Academy of Management’s Sage Award for lifetime achievement in research advancing knowledge of gender and diversity in organizations.
Mikki is a strong advocate for gender issues. In 1999 and 2003, she received Rice University Women’s Resource Center Impact Awards for her commitment to research on gender and service to women in the community. In 2006, she was one of five co-PI’s at Rice who received an NSF grant for over three and one-half million dollars to advance women in STEM fields on Rice University’s campus. In 2010 and 2011, she was co-awarded NIH grants to examine gender biases in letters of recommendation (’10) and successful mentoring relationships (’11).
Mikki is also simply passionate about teaching. In her 16 years at Rice, she has been the recipient of 17 major teaching awards, and in 2015, she joined an elite few at Rice University who have been retired from winning further awards. In 2005, she was selected as the Commencement Speaker at Rice University’s graduation ceremonies, which marked the first and only time a current faculty member was ever nominated and chosen by the students to give the address. This year, she has been named one of Baylor University’s top three nationwide teachers and in addition to the $25,000 she has won already, she has a one in three chance for winning the singular $250,000 Cherry Teaching Award at Baylor this fall.
In her spare time, Mikki is an avid Green Bay Packer fan and completed her quest to run a marathon in every state in December of 2012. She is now focused on running a marathon on each continent with only two left – Asian and Africa. She hopes to find some marathon running partners on this trip! She and her husband, David, keep grounded with their two adult children, David and Chris, and keep busy with their 11 year-old son, Jackson, 9 year-old daughter, Cecilia, and 6-year old, Caroline.