I studied finance and economics at the University of Pittsburgh. Once I graduated, I worked at a management consulting firm and subsequently at a tech company. When I initially joined the Organization & Management PhD program at Goizueta, I was on the ‘macro’, economic sociology track. After my first year, I realized the ‘micro’, organizational behavior track of the program was better suited for my research interests. Even so, given the enormous body of work across disciplines pertaining to identity-related phenomena, I like to think my time as a ‘macro’ student still influences how I approach my current work. Specifically, I try to be really open and thoughtful concerning how to use existing literature, whether ‘micro’ work or otherwise, to motivate my research.
A bit more generally, I’m a first generation Nigerian-American, and [in hindsight] my experiences of “double consciousness” probably have a lot to do with why I gravitate to identity-related research questions. Outside of research, I’m an avid traveler (20+ countries), a breakfast enthusiast, a novice baker, and a BIG fan of salsa dancing. More recently, I’ve taken greater interest in the arts, specifically [non-academic] writing and theatrical performance (many moons ago, I did theater in high school).