I am an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I teach Negotiations and Leading & Managing at Kenan-Flagler.
My research focuses on misguided social heuristics, documenting the various and ubiquitous ways in which people mispredict the social consequences of their behavior. We all rely on our social heuristics from time to time (e.g., humblebragging, backhanded compliments, namedropping, inside jokes, mansplaining), because we think they will be effective, but often we are wrong. As a behavioral scientist, I use a multi-method approach, including lab experiments and field data, to document these behaviors in real life and examine both the social and organizational consequences of misguided social heuristics.
I have received numerous research and teaching awards. I was the recipient of Harvard Business School’s Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research for outstanding research in 2016. I also have earned the Derek Bok Center Award for Excellence and Distinction in Teaching, every semester I have taught at Harvard University’s Economics Department as an instructor for a course that I designed—five times consecutively in total. My work has been published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, and has been featured in major media outlets, such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Scientific American.
I hold a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.