How do you make a difference? My research is inspired by the widespread belief that "people with passion can change the world for the better." I focus on two elements of this belief: how to empower the passionate people & how to make the world more equitable for all.
I primarily study why the pursuit of passion—instead of the rosy picture depicted in contemporary culture, and even the academic literature—is challenging, tough, and marked by setbacks and struggles. My work shows that passion is an attribute that varies over time. As a result, employees can pursue, fall out of, and maintain their passion. In addition, passion dynamics unfold at the interpersonal level, manifesting in observable behaviors perceived by others who react to those who express passion. While people with passion may change the world, I argue that we are limiting the potential of passion to do so—a potential I believe leaders need to learn how to unlock.
I also study how we can address inequality, focussing on how disparities in resources and opportunities are perceived, and how they influence individual's attitudes, emotions, and behaviors. My work seeks to center the experiences of those with fewer resources/opportunities, and investigate how they can be supported to attain more favorable long-term outcomes.
I take an interdisciplinary approach leveraging social psychology, sociology, economics, and organizational behavior, & conduct field experiments in collaboration with companies, local government, and NGOs. I received a Ph.D. from Columbia Business School, M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, & M.A. from the University of St Andrews. I was listed as a Poets & Quants 40 under 40 honoree and Forbes 30 under 30.