08 Dec 2021

New Faculty Profiles: Lumumba Seegars


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.

Lumumba Seegars, assistant professor, Organizational Behavior

What is your educational background?
I completed my undergraduate degree at Harvard College in social studies. I did my PhD in organizational behavior at HBS.

What’s your area of research and what led you to it?
I study the reproduction and contestation of intergroup inequality, particularly along the lines of race, gender, and class and their intersections. I care deeply about these issues in the world more broadly, and I was interested in pursuing research that was deeply meaningful to me. While working, I was often frustrated by the sheer complexity and persistence of racism, sexism, poverty, and inequality. I was drawn to researching these subjects because I wanted to take the time to explore them more deeply and to develop ideas that could ease pain and suffering, and create a world that was more just and equitable. I was drawn to organizational behavior because I felt that it could capture the multiple levels of analysis that I cared about and because organizations are central to many of the processes that either maintain or reduce inequality and inequities that persist in society.

What will you be teaching here?
Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD)

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professor?
I like to do many things, so it would be hard to decide which one I’d actually be doing! I think that I’d probably be doing something related to music and storytelling. In any work that I do, I’m interested in exploring, questioning, and articulating aspects of humanity. I’d probably be writing music and producing documentaries that allowed me to do this.

Where are you from?
Houston, Texas

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
Sing and play the piano. I also love to play the card game spades.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
I don’t think I have one favorite movie, but in my top tier of favorite movies, and the one I’ve seen the most (and will always love!) is The Five Heartbeats. You might catch me singing one of the movie’s many songs, “Is there a heart in the house tonight?” as I walk through campus.

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