Samantha N. Smith

PhD Student at Harvard Business School




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Samantha is a first-year Micro-Organizational Behavior Ph.D. student at Harvard Business School who is primarily advised by Edward H. Chang, Ph.D. and Jon Jachimowicz, Ph.D. She previously worked as a Pre-Doctoral Behavioral Research Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management and earned her A.B. in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from Princeton University in 2019.


Broadly, her research aims to increase both diversity and inclusivity in organizations so that members of traditionally marginalized groups can thrive—and organizations can harness diversity more effectively. More specifically, her research investigates: (1) how prejudice and concerns about discrimination influence intergroup dynamics, (2) how race, gender, and SES shape our daily interactions, and (3) how DEI efforts can be most effectively implemented.