Erika V. Hall joined the Goizueta Business School faculty in 2014. Hall earned a PhD in Management & Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the influence of race, gender, and class-based biases on interactions within the workplace and the broader society. Further, Professor Hall looks at how leaders with multiple minority identities are perceived in teams and organizations. Professor Hall's work has appeared in academic journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Science, and American Psychologist, and media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and NPR. In 2016, she was honored as one of the “The World’s Best 40 Under 40 Business Professors” in Poets & Quants. Prior to graduate school, Hall was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School.


  • PhD
    Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • BS
    Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

In the News

  • June 23, 2016
    The New Republic
    Consistently representing digital assistants as female matters a lot in real life: it hard-codes a connection between a woman’s voice and subservience.
  • July 15, 2015
    But the problem is longer and wider than the dimensions of the tennis court. In a series of papers, Emory University business professor Erika V. Hall and her colleagues have found that in everything from business, to dating, to sports, research participants routinely associate gender stereotypes with racial groups. Black people, regardless of gender are perceived to be more masculine. Asian people, regardless of gender, are perceived to be more feminine. Blackness was associated with words like “masculine, vigorous, strong, muscular, and burly,” whereas being Asian was associated with words like “feminine, graceful, gentle, beautiful, and delicate.”...
  • June 21, 2015
    Daily KOS
    New research, co-authored by Joan C. Williams of the University of California's Hastings College of Law, Kathrine W. Phillips of the Columbia Business School, and Erika V. Hall of Emory University's Goizueta Business School, has taken a look at gender bias, with particular emphasis on gender bias against women of color in science. Studying the existing literature and conducting interviews and a survey, they reported on the four most common patterns of sexual bias...
  • May 4, 2015
    A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of the term “Black” than they do of the term “African-American.” For instance, study participants routinely concluded that a person had a higher level of education and job status, if that person was referred to as African-American rather than Black. “Only 38.46% of participants in the Black racial label estimated that the target was in a managerial position, while 73% of the targets in the African-American racial label condition estimated that the target was in a managerial position.”...
  • February 27, 2015
    The Root
    Erika V. Hall, a professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, conducted a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology during which a group of white participants from across the country were asked a series of questions about scenarios relating to people identified as “black” or “African American.” The results were pretty startling...
  • November 18, 2014
    The Washington Post
    Despite the fact that the word “Negro” has been widely considered offensive for decades, the term remained in our country’s official vocabulary for a surprisingly long time. Only last year did the Census stop listing it as an option, and only earlier this month did the Army officially end the practice that allowed service personnel to be addressed as “Negro.”...
  • July 5, 2016
    IEDP Developing Leaders
    According to Erika Hall, assistant professor of organization and management, Goizueta Business School at Emory University, there are three important metrics to know before entering into negotiations: the reservation price, the target price, and the best alternative to a negotiated agreement price (BATNA). The reservation price is the seller’s bottom line, she explains.
  • January 7, 2021
    Harvard Business Review
    Many leaders don’t know how to discuss current events that elicit strong opinions and emotions and so their default is to say nothing or make only a passing comment. They must instead lean into moments of disbelief, frustration, anger, fear, and anything else people might be feeling. Begin by remembering two things: one, political views may vary but there should be no tolerance for violence, racism, or attacks on democracy in a respectable organization, and two, employee reactions will depend on their unique backgrounds and experiences. Now you can engage in constructive dialogue by creating space, acknowledging the difficulty of processing the event, affirming everyone’s perspectives, speaking to your personal reaction without making assumptions or generalizations, offering immediate and ongoing support, reinforcing your personal and your organization’s values, and highlighting additional resources.