University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Morela Hernandez

Incoming Professor of Public Policy; Collegiate Chair and Management & Organizations Appointment | University of Michigan

Morela Hernandez is an incoming professor of public policy (summer 2021) at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She will also hold a collegiate chair and an appointment at Michigan Ross.  Hernandez is an organizational psychologist doing important work at the intersection of leadership and diversity. She is an internationally recognized scholar with deep expertise in applying behavioral science insights to design and improve organizational systems and decision-making practices.

Hernandez is widely published in a number of top-tier academic journals, including Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Applied PsychologyPersonnel Psychology, and Psychological Science. Her work has also appeared in media outlets such as Time magazine, the New York Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Washington Post, as well as featured on National Public Radio. She is on a number of editorial boards including Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology, and serves as associate editor for Academy of Management Review. Currently, Hernandez is the Donald and Lauren Morel Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She is also the academic director of behavioral research at Darden (BRAD Lab), an interdisciplinary lab that applies behavioral science to business and society, and the co-founder of the pan-university Convergent Behavioral Science Initiative (CBSI), which uses cross-disciplinary research to impact energy systems, diversity, and well-being.

At the Ford School, Hernandez will teach courses on leadership and diversity, and become the faculty director of the school’s Leadership Initiative. She has worked as a leadership development coach for senior-level executives and consults with a number of government agencies, social profit organizations, and global companies on topics related to diversity and inclusion as well as large-scale organizational change. Hernandez received her PhD from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Website: morelahernandez.com

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