A professor in the Leadership and Organizational Behavior academic area, Ayana Younge’s research lies at the intersection of emotions, social hierarchy and interpersonal processes. She studies the cultivation of positive relationships at work, exploring how favorable emotions influence relational perceptions and behaviors within organizations, as well as how social hierarchical context may play a role in shaping emotion perception. Her work on gratitude has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Younge served as the 2019–20 president of the Management Doctoral Student Association and is a member of the PhD Project and the Management Faculty of Color Association.

B.A., M.S., California State University, Los Angeles; M.S., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill