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Ifeoma Ajunwa
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Ifeoma Ajunwa

Assistant Professor
Organizational Behavior


Professor Ajunwa is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Department of Cornell’s Industrial and Labor Relations School. She earned her PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. Her doctoral work received support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and honorable mention by the Ford Foundation. Immediately prior to her positon at Cornell ILR School, she was a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University (where she remains a Faculty Associate) and she served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School. Professor Ajunwa researches the organizational behavior of organizations, particularly in relation to stigma/social evaluation, diversity, and the adoption of new work technologies. Other related research interests include labor and employment law, as well as, business and society concerns. Professor Ajunwa’s research has been published or is under review in both law review and peer reviewed journals, including the California Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Research in the Sociology of Work, etc. Her research has been mentioned in major media outlets such as, the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Nature Biotechnology, etc. Professor Ajunwa has served as a keynote speaker or panelist at international conferences such as SXSW and has presented her work before governmental agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC). Please visit her personal website for an updated list of published research articles and op-eds, as well as, media mentions.

Her forthcoming book, “The Quantified Worker” will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Teaching Statement

Professor Ajunwa teaches Technology, Management, and the Law, Controversies in the Management of the Modern Workplace, and Ethics and Technology in the Workplace.

Service Statement

Professor Ajunwa serves on the editorial board of Research in the Sociology of Work and is a regular reviewer for the Academy of Management Conference. Professor Ajunwa also serves on the advisory board of the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP).


Journal Articles

    Professional Activities

    • Rebuilding the Mortified Self: Stigma Management and the Mortified Self. Presented to AOM. Chicago, IL. 2018.
    • The Quantified Worker. Cornell, Ithaca. 2018.
    • Presented to AOM. Surrey, England. 2018.
    • Hiring By Algorithm. Presented to Cornell Law School. 2017.


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