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Biographical sketch

Ruth V. Aguilera is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Business Administration and a Fellow at the Center for Professional Responsibility of Business and Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds courtesy appointments at the School of Labor and Employment Relations, the Department of Sociology  and the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a Graduate Diploma in Business Analysis from the University of Lancaster (1990), a Licenciatura in Economics (1992) from the University of Barcelona, and M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees in Sociology from Harvard University.

Professor Aguilera specializes in comparative corporate governance, organizational theory, and historical comparative methods. Her research interests lie in the intersection of economic sociology and international management. She has spent considerable time conducting re-search at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) in Berlin, the Università Luigi Bocconi in Milan, the Juan March Institute in Madrid, and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI-MITI) in Tokyo.

Her research has been published in scholarly journal such as Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Academy of Management Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, British Journal of Management, Corporate Governance: International Review, Economic Sociology, European Sociological Review, International Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, and Organization Studies, as well as in several conference proceedings and numerous book chapters. She is also the co-editor with Michal Federowicz of the book Corporate Governance in a Changing Economic and Political Environment: Trajectories of Institutional Change (Palgrave McMillan, 2004), in which Eastern and Western European corporate governance systems are compared.

At the University of Illinois, Professor Aguilera has taught courses in International Management, and Global Strategy to undergraduates, MBA students, and global executives. In addition, she teaches a course in Comparative Employment Systems in the Masters in Human Resources Management Program, and a seminar on corporate governance at the European Union Center.

Dr. Aguilera has received numerous research grants from a number of institutions, including the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS), the Center for International Business Research and Education (CIBER), Center for International Education and Research in Accounting (CIERA), the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, as well as Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Krupp Foundation Fellowship, the Minda da Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University.

Professor Aguilera was a Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study, and served on the Executive committee of the Center of Human Resource Management (CHRM).  She currently serves on the Executive Board of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Aguilera currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review, Corporate Governance: International Review,  Journal of International Business Studies, and Strategic Management Journal.