Rachel Arnett is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Her research investigates the important role that identities and interpersonal interactions play in cultivating workplace inclusion and enabling professional advancement. In her primary stream of research, she examines when, why, and how individuals express cultural identities or conceal relatively high status identities when interacting with people who differ from themselves, and the influence that these decisions have on employees’ inclusive behaviors towards one another and willingness to promote one another’s professional advancement. While primarily an experimentalist, her research also employs field and qualitative methods. Through her work, she hopes to shed light upon how people from different backgrounds can work together effectively and drive organizational success.
Rachel completed her doctoral training in Harvard University’s Organizational Behavior program, an interdisciplinary program between Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Social Psychology department. Before Harvard, she was a Research Assistant in New York University’s Social Psychology department and a Senior Brand Strategist in the advertising industry. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.