Belle Rose Ragins
University Distinguished Professor and Sheldon B. Lubar Professor of Management
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Related Research Interests

My research focuses on mentoring, diversity, and positive relationships at work. I am interested in examining the intersections of these three domains. My current research projects involve the role of cross-race friendships in diversity education and allyship and the development of high-quality diverse mentoring relationships at work.

I am inspired by the beauty of Lake Michigan, by the kindness of strangers, and by the love of a good dog. 

Related Publications

  • Ragins, B. R. & Ehrhardt, K. (2021). Gaining perspective: The impact of close cross-race friendships on diversity training and education. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106 (6), 856-881.
  • Ehrhardt, K. & Ragins, B. (2019). Relational attachment at work: A complementary fit perspective on the role of relationships in organizational life. Academy of Management Journal, 62 (1), 248-282.
  • Ragins, B. R., Ehrhardt, K., Lyness, K., Murphy, D. & Capman, J. (2017) Anchoring relationships at work: High-quality mentors and other supportive work relationships as buffers to ambient racial discrimination. Personnel Psychology, 70: 211-256
  • Ragins, B.R. (2016). From the ordinary to the extraordinary: High-quality mentoring relationships at work. Organizational Dynamics, 45, 228-244.
  • Ragins, B. R., Gonzalez, J., Ehrhardt, K., & Singh, R. (2012) Crossing the threshold: The spillover of community racial diversity and diversity climate to the workplace. Personnel Psychology, 65, 755-787.
  • Ragins, B. R. (2008). Disclosure disconnects: Antecedents and consequences of disclosing invisible stigmas across life domains. Academy of Management Review, 33 (1), 194-215.
  • Ragins, B. R. (1997) Diversified mentoring relationships in organizations: A power perspective. Academy of Management Review, 22, 2, 482-521.


  • Dutton, J. & Ragins, B. R. (Eds.) (2007). Exploring positive relationships at work: Building a theoretical and research foundation. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.
  • Ragins, B. R. & Kram, K. E. (Eds.) (2007). The handbook of mentoring at work: Theory, research and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Clutterbuck, D. & Ragins, B. R. (2002). Mentoring and diversity: An international perspective. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier.