University of California, Riverside

UCR Business

Faculty Bio

Ming Leung

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae , updated 09/2018


I study labor markets and hiring, and in particular, issues pertaining to diversity and discrimination in the workforce. My empirical emphasis is in innovative, contemporary platform markets (such as virtual freelancing, mobile gig-economy work, and crowdfunding) which provide granular data requiring sophisticated analytical tools. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of technology in reshaping how organizations hire and promote. My research is characterized by the use of cognitive theories and categorization processes to explain hiring and promotion outcomes. 

I believe that innovative data analytical tools provide better opportunities to understand the social mechanisms underling individual decisions and also improve business outcomes. To this end, I have increasingly employed modern methods, such as Linguistic Text Analysis, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision in my research. Tools that the organizations I work with are also adopting to provide business insight.

My publications have appeared or have been conditionally accepted in the top management and sociology journals, including: Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Management Science, American Journal or Sociology, and American Sociological Review. My work has also been featured on NPR Science Friday and the Financial Times. 

I advise both large and small companies, including UpWork (formerly Elance and oDesk), Google, Wonolo, AdRoll, Ansaro AI, and Intel, on issues of hiring and diversity initiatives. I have placed PhD students into Data Scientists positions at local startups and have started technology focused businesses of my own. Finally, I have also served as an expert witness on hiring issues. 

I teach the full-time and weekend required MBA Leading People class and have been recognized as a "Club 6" instructor (Average rating above 6.0 out of 7). I also teach in select external entrepreneurship programs. 

I received my PhD from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. I also hold an MBA from University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and a BS from Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining academia, I worked as a strategy consultant for Booz & Co, PWC, and Accenture where I designed and implemented business strategy solutions for Fortune 500 companies. 

I live in Southern California with my wife, Nina, two sons, Gio (9) and Eamon (6), and daughter, Elsa (4). 

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(951) 827‑6329
Anderson Hall 0226

Course Schedule

Winter 2019:

OLMSTED HALL 1212,  TR 5:10–6:30 PM

ANDERSON HALL 021,  T 2:10–4:50 PM

Spring 2018:

OLMSTED HALL 421,  MW 3:40–5:00 PM

ANDERSON HALL 118,  M 10:10 AM–1:00 PM

Office Hours

Winter 2019:

T 12:00-2:00 PM

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