PhD Students

Ju Rie (Alyssa) Han

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Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

Alyssa Jurie Han is a Ph.D. student in the department of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business. She received her B.A. in cognitive science and psychology from the University of Virginia. Alyssa primarily studies interpersonal perception and the consequences of actor-observer asymmetries, as well as the role of perspective-taking in the management of such asymmetries. Her second stream of research involves extending research on person perception to the examination of how individuals perceive organizations.

Jinhong Lu

Ph.D. student of Management and Organization

Maurice Murphy

Ph.D. student of Management and Organization

Maurice J. Murphy is a strategy PhD student in the Management and Organization Department of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He has a BA from Columbia University, an MA in teaching from the School for International Training, and an MA in management from Durham University Business School. Maurice's research interests are in the areas of corporate political strategy, social movements, stakeholder management, CSR, multinational strategy in emerging markets, and the Gulf Cooperation Council political economy. He has published in the Journal of Business Ethics and Business & Society.

David Newman

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Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

David Newman is a Ph.D. student in Management and Organization. He earned his B.A. in psychology from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. His research interests include moral foundations theory, business ethics, the morality of technology, the pursuit of meaning, and the psychology of property and ownership. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, David worked for EthicalSystems.org, a non-profit collaboration of researchers dedicated to the advancement of a systems approach to better business practices.

Merrick Osborne

Ph.D. student of Management and Organization

Merrick Osborne is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business. He received his B.A. in psychology, and earned minors in Business Administration and Spanish for the Professions from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before he came to USC, he served as a research assistant at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Currently, Merrick is studying the impact of empowering lower power employees in power hierarchies. Additionally, he is interested in using computational methods to analyze text-based data.

Medha Raj

Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

Medha Raj received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 2013, where she majored in Economics and minored in Psychology. She is currently a fifth-year PhD student in the Management and Organization department at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

People routinely face challenging social situations at work. Medha’s research seeks to examine the difficulties that people face in their interpersonal relationships. In much of her work, she examines how people resolve and move beyond the transgressions they experience. She therefore seeks to identify how people can successfully navigate tricky social situations so that they can be both more fulfilled and productive at work.

Beverly Rich

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Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

Beverly Rich is a Ph.D. student in Strategy at USC Marshall School of Business. She holds a J.D. from USC Gould School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University. Beverly researches how firms use legal strategies to gain competitive advantage and drive innovation, with a focus on firms’ strategic use of contracts and cooperation. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Beverly worked as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles and as a consultant on internet security and policy.

Stephanie Smallets

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Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

Stephanie is a Ph.D. candidate studying organizational behavior in the Management and Organization department. Her research focuses on understanding the predictors of inequality, both psychological and structural, and creating interventions to empower those who are disadvantaged.

Mindy Truong

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Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

Mindy is a Ph.D. student at the USC Marshall School of Business studying organizational behavior. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests include social class, intergroup relations, and self and identity. More specifically, she is interested in how people’s backgrounds, beliefs, and identities influence their organizational experiences and outcomes.

Jue Wang

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Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

Jue (Kate) Wang is a PHD student in Management and Organization at the Marshall Business School of Southern California. Her research interests are Entrepreneurship, Social Movements and Organizational Theory. There are three streams of her research: a) How large and small scale crises in the focal or adjacent fields influence entrepreneurs' strategies and performances? b) Mechanisms of collective actions in online and offline communities. c) How religion organizations respond to commercial organizations?