Erika H. James became the John H. Harland Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in July 2014. A published researcher and award-winning educator with a passion for consulting and speaking, she places an emphasis on what higher education can do to be of service to industry. James says business leaders need to have a broad understanding of the world and problem solving, thus championing avenues of creative thinking and liberal arts education. A staunch “virtue capitalist,” James believes business can be a force of positive change in society, going beyond the bottom line to create products, solutions, and/or services that not only better industry, but communities.

A noted influencer in her field, James sits not only on multiple councils and committees at Emory University, but is an active board member of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), SurveyMonkey and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. She is a previous board member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the foremost accrediting body in business education. In 2017, James was named one of the most admired CEOs in education by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media including The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, and CNBC.

Under James’ leadership, Goizueta remains one of the top business schools in the nation with an upward trajectory in student career success, diversity, and faculty thought leadership. As of May 2019, the school boasted one of the most gender-diverse faculty populations in the top 25—34 percent female. Most recently, in Spring 2019, she received the Earl Hill Jr. Faculty Achievement and Diversity Award from The Consortium—an organization committed to increasing diversity in business, starting with graduate business school admissions.

Before arriving at Goizueta, James served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at Darden She also served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. James holds a PhD and Master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.


  • PhD
    University of Michigan
  • Master's
    University of Michigan
  • Bachelor's
    Pomona College

Media Appearances

  • April 19, 2019
    Atlanta Business Chronicle
    Emory University’s Goizueta Business School Dean Erika James and Emory College of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Elliot discuss the complimentary nature of liberal arts and business education in this podcast.
  • April 15, 2019
    Atlanta Business Chronicle
    As a business school firmly situated within Emory – a university grounded in the liberal arts – Erika James, dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, says Goizueta is positioned to shape students with the requisite characteristics and competencies to become both engaged citizens with critical thinking skills and problem solvers for tomorrow’s workforce.
  • February 22, 2016
    Enterprising Investor
    According to Erika James, the John H. Harland Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, the best process for making decisions under pressure is to use the data and numbers to inform our intuition. Leaders must recognize and avoid falling prey to mind tricks and biases. Power dynamics can also lead to poor decisions, and leaders do best to pursue an approach that is inquiry-based rather than advocacy-based...
  • May 6, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal
    "As fewer U.S. students show interest in a business degree, M.B.A. programs work to boost pipeline of qualified female applicants.”Professor Erika James is featured in this article for The Wall Street Journal.
  • May 19, 2014
    Emory News Center
    Emory University Provost Claire Sterk announced that Erika Hayes James, PhD, has been appointed dean of the university's Goizueta Business School. James will assume her new role on July 15. She comes to Emory from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, where she served most recently as senior associate dean for executive education...