Linda Babcock is the James M. Walton Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the founder and faculty director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS) and the CMU Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. Babcock's degrees include a BA in Economics from the University of California at Irvine and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is a member of the Russell Sage Foundation’s Behavioral Economics Roundtable and has served on the economics review panel for the National Science Foundation. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, the Harvard Business School, and the California Institute of Technology.
Babcock’s 2003 book, Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 75 smartest business books of all time. This book also was an Honorable Mention for the Independent Publisher Book Awards and Biz Journal’s top 20 most important business books ever written. In 1991 and 2001 she received the Heinz School's award for teaching excellence.
Babcock’s research is conducted at the interface between economics and psychology. Her recent work focuses on barriers to women in the workplace. Her research has appeared in the most prestigious economics, industrial relations, psychology, organizational behavior, and law journals. Her research has been discussed in hundreds of newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and abroad and she has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs discussing her work. She has received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation.