Deborah Merrill-Sands

Phone: (603) 862-1983
Office: Dean's Office, Paul College Rm 310L, Durham, NH 03824
Deborah Merrill-Sands


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Cornell University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Cornell University
  • B.A., Anthropology, Hampshire College

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Development
  • Agricultural Planning/Policy
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Gender and race studies
  • Gender Equality
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organizational leadership and learning
  • Women and gender

Selected Publications

Holvino, E., Ferdman, B. M., & Merrill-Sands, D. (2004). Creating and sustaining diversity and inclusion in organizations: Strategies and approaches.. In M. Stockdale, & F. Crosby (Eds.), The psychology and management of workplace diversity (pp. 245-276). Blackwell Publishing.

Merrill-Sands, D., & Holvino, E. (2003). Working with Diversity: A focus on global organizations. In R. Ely, E. Foldy, & M. Scully (Eds.), Reader in Gender, Work, and Organizations (pp. 327-342). Blackwell.

Kolb, D., Fletcher, J. K., Merrill-Sands, D., Meyerson, D., & Ely, R. (2003). Making Change: A Framework for Promoting Gender Equity in Organizations. In R. Ely, E. Foldy, & M. Scully (Eds.), Reader in Gender, Work, and Organization (pp. 10-14). Blackwell.

Merrill-Sands, D., Merrill-Sands, D., Holvino, E., & Cumming, J. (2000). Working with diversity: a focus on global organizations. Boston, MA: Simmons College Graduate School of Management. Retrieved from

Kolb, D. M., & Merrill-Sands, D. (1999). Waiting for outcomes: Anchoring a dual agenda for change to cultural assumptions. Women in Management Review, 14, 194-203.

Merrill-Sands, D., Fletcher, J., Acosta, A., Andrews, N., & Harvey, M. (1999). Engendering organizational change: A case study of strengthening gender-equity and organizational effectiveness in an international agricultural research institute. In A. Rao, R. Stuart, & D. Kelleher (Eds.), Gender at work: Organizational change for equality (pp. 77-128). Kumarian Press, Inc. West Hartford, CT.

Brush, E. G., Merrill-Sands, D., Gapasin, D. P., & Mabesa, V. L. (1995). Women scientists and managers in agricultural research in the Philippines. The Hague, Netherlands: International Service for Agricultural Research.

Merrill-Sands, D., & Collion, M. -H. (1994). Farmers and researchers: The road to partnership. Agriculture and Human Values, 11, 26-37.

Gapasin, D. P., Mabesa, V., Merril-Sands, D., & Brush, E. (1993). Filipino women scientists: a potential recruitment pool for the International Agricultural Research Centers.

Merrill-Sands, D., Ewell, P., Biggs, S., Bingen, R. J., McAllister, J., & Poats, S. (1992). Management of key institutional linkages in on-farm client-oriented research. In J. Moock, & R. Rhoades (Eds.), Diversity, Farmer Knowledge, and Sustainability (Food Systems and Agrarian Change) (pp. 113-146). Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press.