Sharif University of Technology graduate, Maryam Kouchaki of Northwestern University, has been selected by Poets&Quants among the best 40 under 40 MBA professors.

Iran PressAmerica: Having more than 1,650 Google Scholar citations, Maryam Kouchaki from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management is one of the most influential and impressive young researchers on this year’s Best 40 Under 40 Professors list. 

While an undergraduate physics student at the Sharif University of Technology, in Tehran, she fell in love with the field of organizational behavior and psychology.

She had taken an elective introduction to organizational behavior MBA class and just got hooked, Sharif University of Technology reported.

“It was my first exposure to social sciences,” Kouchaki recalls. “I was inspired by the insights from the professor and the MBA students in that class; I wanted to know more about human behavior and social systems.”

Those feelings set her on a successful academic journey, ultimately leading to her Ph.D. studies at the University of Utah, a post-doc at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and her decision to join Kellogg in 2014 where she has pumped out an impactful amount of research on human behavior and moral choices.

As an organizational psychologist, her researches focus on understanding moral decision-making and how individuals psychologically experience daily ethical encounters. 

Her work has led her to become the editor-in-chief of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Besides being featured in many academic research journals, Kouchaki’s findings have also been featured in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post.

Asking her about the professor she admires the most, Professor Kouchaki mentioned Professor Feyzbakhsh. “I mentioned his class earlier where and when I fell in love with the field of organizational behavior and psychology. He was my first business professor and the reason I became a professor in this field. He is one of the most passionate people I’ve seen, and he has devoted his life to teaching and inspiring young Iranians to learn about business and entrepreneurship.”

“Professor Kouchaki is one of the most remarkable professors at Kellogg,” one nominator enthused. “Her class, Leading and Managing Teams, is one of the Kellogg student body’s favorite courses. It teaches critical behaviors and frameworks for how leaders can best manage and leverage the power of groups. I genuinely believe that it is one of the Kellogg students’ most useful and powerful classes while at Kellogg and beyond.”

“Besides, as a female professor from Iran, Professor Kouchaki brings incredible diversity to our campus and is a role model of empowerment and intellect for my fellow students and me. I can think of no one else more deserving to win this award.”

Outside of the classroom, Kouchaki says she enjoys reading, running, watching soccer, cooking, and listening to music.

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