Sexy study gets Barnes named Poets & Quants ‘Professor of the Week’

Chris Barnes

Christopher Barnes, an associate professor of management at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, was named “Professor of the Week” of October 16 by Poets & Quants, the influential business school site.

The honor recognized his intriguing—not to mention encouraging—2019 Journal of Management study documenting that a healthy sex life at home promotes engagement in the workplace, and vice-versa.

Barnes is a prolific scholar of human sustainability. Specifically, he studies the effects of quality sleep—or the lack thereof—in the workplace.

Additionally, he studies leadership, behavioral ethics and work-life conflict, with former interests in emotional labor, team performance, multi-team systems, compensation and humor.

Earlier this year, he was named to the editorial review board of the journal Sleep Health.

He serves on the editorial review boards of four additional A-list academic journals: Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology.

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A former officer and behavioral scientist in the United State Air Force, Barnes joined the Foster School faculty in 2013. He became an Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow in 2016.

Barnes has been frequently recognized for his research, teaching and mentorship. He received the Foster School’s Faculty Mentor Award in 2018. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Responsible Research in Management Award from IACMR. The Western Academy of Management named him an Ascendant Scholar in 2014. And he’s won or been a finalist for numerous best paper awards in several top journals, which also have named him outstanding reviewer.

Since 2007, Barnes has published nearly 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and appeared in even more popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the BBC, Harvard Business Review, Freakonomics, Scientific American and Huffington Post, to name just a few.

His recent TEDx Talk covered the range of his research which, in addition to confirming the impacts of sleep deprivation on employees and managers, also examines the causes of—and solutions to—inadequate sleep.