Sarah Lee, PhD

sarah lee profile

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management

Barowsky School of Business

Sarah's academic interests stemmed from her high school education at San Domenico School, and followed her to UC Berkeley, where she received her bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and music. She received her PhD in organizations & management from Emory University, where she utilized her background in social psychology to study organizational issues, such as diversity and leadership. 

Sarah teaches a wide variety of management topics (e.g., organizational behavior, leadership & change management, strategic management, innovative organizational development interventions) across various levels of students (e.g., undergraduate, adult degree completion, MBA). She also mentors students on research projects and advises them regularly outside of class. 

She is a member of the Diversity Action Group (DAG) and worked closely with a special task force focused on increasing inclusive hiring and promotion practices. She also serves on the board of the Institute of Leadership Studies (ILS).


Emory University, PhD
UC Berkeley, BA Psychology and BA Music

Research Interests

Sarah primarily studies issues of diversity, equity & inclusion, with a focus on minorities’ barriers to upward mobility in the workplace. Her work focuses on social psychological mechanisms to explain different biases in hiring and promotion practices. For example, showing that threat (e.g., economic recessions) leads to negative outcomes for racial minorities in the United States, and that stereotypes lead to differing perceptions of "qualified" leaders, with practical implications for organizations.


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