Erika V. Hall joined the Goizueta Business School faculty in 2014. Hall earned a PhD in Management & Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the influence of race, gender, and class-based implicit biases on interactions within the workplace and the broader society. Further, Professor Hall looks at how leaders with multiple minority identities are perceived in teams and organizations.
Professor Hall's work has appeared in academic journals such as Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and NPR. Prior to graduate school, Hall was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.
What do you do best?
I’m best at identifying patterns in society and developing creative methods to test out those patterns. Because my work is grounded in social psychology – and I have a special interest in race and gender relations - I identify patterns in my personal life (e.g. different discrimination or biases I’ve experienced), and test out whether our society has a psychological tendency to succumb to those biases and/or discriminatory behaviors.
What makes you the best?
I like to think of all perspectives and develop alternate hypotheses for why something could have occurred. Therefore, when I listen very deeply to people’s problems/issues, I am simultaneously thinking of other plausible reasons why the issue could have happened, and in turn – I’m developing the mechanism and identifying a pattern.
This year, on my teaching evaluations, an anonymous undergraduate student said, “I really appreciated having a young Black professor in the business school.” Given that I couldn’t have said this statement when I received my undergraduate degree in business, I was glad that 10 years later someone else could.
What are your aspirations?
Personal: To stay happy, when there are so many crazy things in the world that can get you down.
Business: To keep creating research that helps people in some way (and to get tenure - smile).
Most challenging moment?
Trying to find some sort of work-life balance is always challenging. Even though it’s been more of a struggle in the past, it is still something that challenges me.
Never say never.
My husband and my niece and nephews.
The Beltline in Atlanta, GA
Art and Genealogy