Julia Storberg-Walker

Julia Storberg-Walker
Associate Professor, Human & Organizational Learning
(571) 553-3787

Julia Storberg-Walker is an Associate Professor and a Co-Director of the Executive Leadership Program at George Washington University, and a member of the Faculty Advisory Council of GW’s Global Women’s Institute. Julia serves as Editor-in- Chief of the journal Human Resource Development Review, a theory and conceptual journal. She is also an Associate at the Taos Institute, a “a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value.” In 2015, Julia was recognized for her contributions to women and leadership theory when she received the International Leadership Association’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group’s Outstanding Scholar Award. She has published and presented globally on theoretical and conceptual development for applied disciplines and she incorporates a variety of critically informed research strategies in her theorizing projects. She is currently focused on feminist theorizing as a catalyst for leading social change. Holistically, the purpose of her work is to link theory to practice and illuminate alternative knowledge generating processes.

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of California
B.A., University of California


Storberg-Walker, J. (2008). Wenger's communities of practice revisited: A (failed?) exercise in applied communities of practice theory-building research. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 10 (4), 555-577. doi:10.1177/1523422308319541

Storberg-Walker, J., & Gubbins, C. (2007). Social networks as a conceptual and empirical tool to understand and “Do” HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9 (3), 291-310. doi:10.1177/1523422306304071

Storberg-Walker, J. (2007). Borrowing from others: Appropriating social capital theories for “Doing” HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9 (3), 312-340. doi:10.1177/1523422306304097

Storberg-Walker, J. (2006). From imagination to application: Making the case for the general method of theory-building research in applied disciplines. Human Resource Development International, 9 (2), 227-259. doi:10.1080/13678860600616420

Storberg, J. (2002). The evolution of capital theory: A critique of a theory of social capital and implications for HRD. Human Resource Development Review, 1 (4), 468-499. doi:10.1177/1534484302238437

In the News

GSEHD faculty, doctoral students, candidates, and alumni from the Human and Organizational Learning Program presented papers/posters and received several awards at the 2019 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. GSEHD alumna Dr. Malikah Abdullah Alturki received the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year award for her dissertation, “The Entrepreneurial Learning Processes of Saudi Women Entrepreneurs: A Grounded Theory.” Her dissertation chair was Dr. Maria Cseh. Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker and Randal Joy Thompson received the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year award for their book, Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability. Doctoral candidate Maryanne Elliott and her colleagues Brad Shuck, Meera Alagaraja and Dr. Denise Cumberland from the University of Louisville won a Cutting Edge Award for their conference paper, “Compassionate Leader Behavior: An Emerging Framework for Consideration.” See all the awards and presentations by the HOL participants.

Dr. Julia Storgberg-Walker and co-author Dr. Randal Joy Thompson will receive the Wayne Pace AHRD Book of the Year Award at the International AHRD Research Conference in February for their book Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability. The award is presented to the author(s) of a Human Resource Development book which is identified as outstanding in advancing the theory and/or practice of the profession.

Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker attended the International Leadership Association's annual conference in West Palm Beach. She co-led a preconference workshop entitled "Leading Public Policy Change Through Women and Leadership Research" and contributed to two panel presentations. One of the panels dealt with how to move research into public policy related to gender equity, and the other panel was focused on her recently co-edited book, Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Context, Culture and Sustainability.

Emerald Publishing has just released a book co-edited by Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker with Dr. Randal Thompson, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, entitled Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Context, Culture and Sustainability. The book offers an innovative practitioner/scholar collaboration. Dr. Storberg-Walker says, "This is not scholarly reading, and at the same time this is the 'stuff' from which good scholarship emerges. We are hoping that this book kindles more interest in understanding leadership and leading in this important [international development] context.

GSEHD alumna Dr. Mari Campuzano (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning) was one of two finalists selected out of 33 nominations across the university for the Graduate Student Employee of the Year Award at the Excellence in Student Life Awards. She was nominated for the award by Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker. The nomination highlighted Dr. Campuzano's outstanding contributions during her time as a graduate student assistant at GSEHD in terms of reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and contribution to her employer.