Doctoral Student

Curtis Kwinyen Chan

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. My research interests focus on people’s interpretations of their work experiences, as well as work inequality in organizational and occupational contexts. A guiding question in my research is: How do people come to experience what is seemingly the same work in different ways? I specialize in utilizing inductive case studies to theorize hidden processes that answer this question—including studies of screeners at the Transportation Security Administration and consultants at a strategy consultancy.

Please see my personal website and CV.

  1. Recipient of the Best Student Paper Award, Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division, Academy of Management (AOM), 2014.

  2. 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.