Dr. Tianna Barnes is an organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania in the Wharton School. As a current postdoctoral fellow through the Vice Provost Office for Research, Dr. Barnes engages in various research projects all centered around the theme of identity. As an identity scholar, her research interests span four key areas: stigma, identity dormancy, diversity, and identity reconstruction.
Dr. Barnes has presented her work for regarded research communities, such as the Wharton Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Convening and the Stanford Graduate Business School Rising Scholars Conference. Moreover, Tianna also enjoys sharing her work through other forms of media to address issues of identity and race, with work entitled, “Why It’s Essential to Separate Your Self-Worth from Your Work.” In addition to her research, Tianna is engaged in various service-oriented organizations within the management field. For example, she was the 2017-2018 Vice President of the Management Doctoral Student Association which supports underrepresented minority students in management.
Dr. Barnes continues to maintain her engagement with this network, aiding in conference planning and student recruitment. She also volunteers for the Academy of Management OB division mentoring program and serves as an Administrative Science Quarterly Journal article interviewer. Tianna has taught courses on organizational behavior and performance, guest-lectured MBA courses on diversity and inclusion research and served as a panelist for various business management consortiums. Outside of her work life, Tianna is actively partnering with mentorship programs to service low income and underrepresented youth. Prior to her current position, Tianna received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and her BA in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.