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Payal Sharma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s): Business
Office: BEH 330
Mail Code: 6009
Phone: 702-895-2789
Email: payal.sharma@unlv.edu


Dr. Payal Sharma is a qualitative researcher who studies power and leadership. Her current projects center on understanding the workplace stigmatization experiences of (1) video models in the hip hop and rap music industry; and (2) male gender vanguards, or men who are penalized for behaving anti-stereotypically in their job roles. Her research has been published in outlets such as Group and Organization Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Organizational Dynamics.

Prior to UNLV, she was a visiting faculty member at the Wharton School of Business and tenure-track faculty member at Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick. Her professional experience includes working for the U.S. Government Printing Office in strategic human capital and at Harvard Business School in external relations.

She has been an invited speaker across a range of industries including health care, higher education, hospitality, and information technology. She also currently serves as a Representative At Large for the Organizational Behavior Division for the Academy of Management.