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Sarah Lee

Visiting Professor
Business Administration, Seaver College
CCB 314

Biography

Sarah received her dual B.A. in Psychology and Music from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. After graduating college, she taught high school for a year, realizing the systemic nature of underrepresentation of minority students and their difficulties in upward mobility to higher education and professional careers. This sparked her interest in studying these issues, and she then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Organizations & Management from Emory University in 2019. She was employed as an assistant professor at Dominican University of California in January of 2019, where she taught Organizational Behavior, Leadership & Change Management, Strategic Management, and Innovative Organizational Interventions. She now currently teaches Organizational Behavior in the Business Administration Division at Seaver College. Her research primarily studies how social psychological processes affect our attitudes and behaviors in organizations. Specifically, she is interested in unpacking barriers to upward mobility for marginalized groups, why external threats cause shifts in our perceptions, and why some people are perceived more leader-like than others. She has work published in Psychological Science and the Academy of Management Proceedings. Outside of being a professor, she is also a life coach and teaches yoga and meditation. In her free time, she enjoys hikes with her malamute-mix rescue dog and classical music. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Emory University, 2019
  • Bianchi, E., Hall, E., Lee, S. (2018). Reexamining the link between economic downturns and racial antipathy: Attitudinal and cultural evidence that prejudice against Blacks rises in recessions. Psychological Science, 29(10), 1584–1597. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618777214
  • Lee, S., Williams, M. J. (2017). Sounds of leadership? A mismatch between Asian Americans' communication style and U.S. norms. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017(1).
  • Lee, S., Williams, M.J. (2020, August). Sounds of leadership? A mismatch between Asian Americans' communication style and U.S. norms. Talk presented at the Organizational Behavior Divisions Rapid Research Plenary on Racial Inequality and Systemic Racism at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management (conference online).
  • Lee, S., Eadeh, F. (2020, July). Attack of the robots: the link between job loss threat due to automation and employees’ attitudes. Paper accepted to present at the annual meeting of International Society for Justice Research, Lisbon, Portugal (conference postponed due to COVID-19).
  • Lee, S., Eadeh, F. (2020, February). Attack of the robots: the link between job loss threat due to automation and employees’ attitudes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lee, S., Williams, M.J. (2020, February). Sounds of leadership? A mismatch between Asian Americans' communication style and U.S. norms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • Bianchi, E., Hall, E.V., Lee, S.(2019, February). Reexamining the link between economic downturns and racial antipathy: Attitudinal and cultural evidence that prejudice against Blacks rises in recessions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Portland, OR. 

Courses

  • BA 366 - Organizational Behavior