About me

Dr. Afra Saeed Ahmad

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D.   George Mason University (USA), 2016  
  • M.A.    George Mason University (USA), 2012
  • B.A.     George Mason University (USA), 2008


Afra Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Management at Zayed University in Dubai. Her program of research focuses on diversity and inclusion and well-being in the workplace. She has published eight peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters and has twenty one conference presentations. Her work appears in leading journals of the field including, Organizational Research Methods, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She has presented her work at conferences including the Academy of Management (AOM) and Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Her professional activities include serving as a Global Ambassador and Reviewer for AOM’s Gender and Diversity in Organization Division as well as a Reviewer for SIOP. Afra has taught several courses and received numerous teaching awards. Finally, Afra has previous experience conducting research in the UAE since she was a Fulbright scholar at the United Arab Emirates University in 2009.


Dubai Academic City, (Wing B, L2- 007)






Teaching Areas

Human Resource Management; Recruitment and Selection; Compensation and Performance Management

Research and Professional Activities

Afra’s program of research seeks to: 1) describe manifestations and implications of social disadvantage with an emphasis on understudied populations, 2) generate effective remediation strategies that diverse employees can use to improve their work experiences, and 3) offer guidance to organizations striving to achieve a fair and equitable workforce.

Within these outlined goals, she has investigated a number of specific topics (e.g., discrimination, incivility, interpersonal discrimination, identity impression management), examined these phenomena at multiple levels of analyses (e.g., individual, dyadic, macro-level, country-level), focusing on different stigmatized groups (e.g., religious employees, women and ethnic leaders, LGBT individuals, older workers, individuals with disability) while utilizing multiple methodologies (e.g., field experiments, lab experiments, meta-analyses, questionnaires).