Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School
My research interests meet at the intersection of emotions and interpersonal processes in organizations, with recent work focusing on (1) the influence of gossip – the negative and positive consequences of initiating and participating in it – for individuals, dyads and groups in the workplace; (2) the role of relationships, especially ambiavalent relationships at work; and (3) the emotional effects of losing friends at work.
In other research I examine the influence of discrete emotions, such as contempt, compassion, anger and boredom on organizationally relevant outcomes. By studying the these discrete emotions across a series of different work contexts, I hope to paint a richer picture of how emotions influence attributions, relationships, creativity and performance of both those expressing emotions as well as perceiving them.
My research has appeared in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology and Psychological Science.
I received my PhD and master’s degree in organizational behavior from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Mumbai.