Doctoral Student

Curtis Kwinyen Chan

Curtis K. Chan is a Ph.D. student in the Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard. Curtis’s research interests include meaning-making at work, identity processes, and culture as they relate to work, occupations, and organizations. Currently, Curtis is conducting research on the work experiences of security screening officers at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Before joining the doctoral program in 2011, Curtis worked as an Analyst and then as an Associate at the boutique management consulting firm Innosight, which focuses on innovation in a variety of industries.  Earlier on, he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2008 with an A.B. in social anthropology and a secondary field in psychology, and he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society since his junior year.  In college, he conducted ethnographic research on the cultural values of street dancers in New England and Miami, and the undergraduate thesis he wrote on this topic under the advising of Professor of Anthropology Michael Herzfeld was awarded a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize. 

 

Curtis K. Chan is a Ph.D. student in the Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard. Curtis’s research interests include meaning-making at work, identity processes, and culture as they relate to work, occupations, and organizations. Currently, Curtis is conducting research on the work experiences of security screening officers at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Before joining the doctoral program in 2011, Curtis worked as an Analyst and then as an Associate at the boutique management consulting firm Innosight, which focuses on innovation in a variety of industries.  Earlier on, he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2008 with an A.B. in social anthropology and a secondary field in psychology, and he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society since his junior year.  In college, he conducted ethnographic research on the cultural values of street dancers in New England and Miami, and the undergraduate thesis he wrote on this topic under the advising of Professor of Anthropology Michael Herzfeld was awarded a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize. 

  1. Curtis Kwinyen Chan: Awarded a 2008 Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for his undergraduate thesis based on ethnographic research on the cultural values of street dancers (specifically, "b-boys" or "break dancers") in New England and Miami.