08 Dec 2021

New Faculty Profiles: A. Chyei Vinluan


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to managers. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

A. Chyei Vinluan, post-doctoral fellow, Negotiation, Organizations & Markets

What did you do before coming to HBS?
Before coming to HBS, I was at Tufts University as a graduate student completing my doctoral degree in experimental psychology. Before that I was a teaching fellow in the psychology department at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

What do you research and why?
My area of research focuses on the relationship between the cognitive processes underlying racial categorization and stereotyping and the experiences of encountering stereotypes and discrimination. Importantly, I study these processes among individuals who have multiple racial identities (i.e., multiracial people) and/or who are less prototypical Black or Asian category members to understand the diversity within a racial category. I became interested in this area of research through my own experiences of being told that I was not really Asian because I did not look like what a typical Asian person would look like. I was curious to understand how less prototypical racial category members experienced the world and how that affected their racial identity.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professor?
If I weren’t in academia, I would want to be a baseball data analyst. I took a baseball sabermetrics course in grad school as an elective and really liked how it merged my baseball and data analysis interests.

Where are you from?
I was raised in Chicago and lived there until I started grad school in 2016. It’s my favorite place – I love the skyline, food, neighborhoods, and most importantly, the sports teams.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
I regularly do muay thai training, mostly to balance out my other hobby of baking cakes, macarons, and anything else my friends and family ask me to make them. During the pandemic, I also tried painting.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
My favorite book is The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race by Anthony Ocampo. It was the first time where I felt like my racial experiences were so clearly articulated, especially since I couldn’t even say why my experiences were sometimes different from other Asian Americans but sometimes similar to that of Latinx Americans. I also generally enjoy young adult fantasy fiction especially Rick Riordan’s series (Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Trials of Apollo).

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