Dr. Angelica Leigh is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Dr. Leigh received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Dr. Leigh’s research centers on race in organizations. In her first stream of research she takes a dynamic approach to studying race and in doing so, she explores the often overlooked experiences of racial minority employees. Specifically, her work examines the spillover effects of “mega-threats” – large scale diversity related societal events – on organizations and the people within them. In her second stream of research she examines the behaviors that racial minority employees engage in that go against typical norms of suppressing their identities at work, such as engaging in conversations about race in the workplace, and the actions that these employees take to combat racism in organizations.
Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. In 2019, she won 2nd place in the INFORMS/Organization Science dissertation proposal competition. She is also the recipient of the numerous awards including the 2020 Kenan-Flagler Business School Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student Award and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s Outstanding Student Researcher Award. Dr. Leigh is also an active member of the PhD project, an organization that is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented faculty in business schools. She is currently the faculty graduate advisor for the PhD Project Management Doctoral Student Association and she is a former President of this same organization.
Before joining academia, Dr. Leigh worked at General Electric Healthcare as a Financial Management Program member and a Global Product Finance Manager for the MI/CT business.