I am a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. My research focuses on issues of equity and inclusion with an emphasis on organizing and work outside the traditional employment context. My dissertation explores the emerging new world of work — the gig economy — with a particular emphasis on its impact on organizing and worker well-being. In my first study, I examine how organizations organize, control, and manage workers who are nominally independent contractors. In my second study, I hone in on workers’ experiences, examining how workers create careers, meaning, and, ultimately, thrive outside of traditional employment contexts.
In addition, I examine how geographic communities can create a sense of inclusion allowing for connection across cultural differences and, in a line of experimental work, I explore organizational interventions (e.g., mindfulness practice, identity affirmations) that improve marginalized workers’ well-being and performance. I am also deeply interested in the qualitative methods and the philosophy of the social sciences. My work has been supported from numerous organizations including the Center for Social Impact, the Ross School of Business, and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
I received my SB from Harvard University (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, French minor) and MS from George Washington University (Engineering Management, specialization – Crisis, Risk, and Emergency Management). I also studied Arabic intensively at the American University of Cairo. Before attending graduate school, I spent over ten years serving in the US intelligence community. My nonacademic activities include competitive acrobatics (2nd in state, 2015), meditation (Bhakti and Tantra tradition), calligraphy (in Arabic), and travelling (42 countries).