As a behavioral scientist, Ovul Sezer studies misguided behaviors using in-depth experiments. In particular, she focuses on how can people navigate their social world. Making a good impression is a vital skill in life. When the stakes are high, successful effective impression management can help us get the job, ink the deal, or embark on a new relationship. Yet, while people think they know how to make a good impression, they often miss the mark. Sezer’s research on impression (mis)mangement identifies the common mistakes we make when we think we know what to do, but what we say is not what others hear. In other work, she applies behavioral science insights from psychology and economics to develop behavioral interventions people can use to improve their relationships, both in their personal lives and at work. She teaches communication, leadership, behavior change, negotiation strategies, and conflict management with real-world examples and empirical data.
- Leading and Managing
- Impression Management and Effective Communication
- Negotiation Strategies
- Behavioral Economics
- Conflict Management
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Ovul Sezer is a behavioral scientist and a stand-up comedian who observes life with wonder and humor. During the day, she is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she teaches Negotiations, Behavioral Economics and Managerial Decision Making. Late at night, she performs stand-up routines in comedy clubs. She applies the same observational tools to both jobs: She identifies a particular human behavior that is odd, interesting, or confusing, and either studies it in-depth using experiments or describes it with humor.
Ovul Sezer is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a behavioral scientist, she applies behavioral insights from psychology and economics to develop behavioral interventions to help people make better decisions. She teaches Negotiations, Behavioral Economics and Managerial Decision Making both in MBA, undergraduate and doctoral level at University of North Carolina.
Her research focuses on Impression MisManagement, the mistakes that people make when they try to impress others. Her work has been published in leading academic journals and has been featured in major media outlets such as TIME, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American among many others. Both as a researcher and as a teacher, she has received numerous awards. She was the recipient of Harvard Business School’s Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research for conducting outstanding and innovative academic research across all departments at Harvard Business School. She also has earned Derek Bok Center Award for Excellence and Distinction in Teaching, every semester she has taught at Harvard University’s Economics Department as an instructor for a Behavioral Economics course that she designed, five consecutive times in total.
After graduating from Robert College, the American High School in Istanbul, she launched her academic journey in 2006 at Harvard, where she earned a bachelors’ degree in Applied Mathematics. She went on to earn a PhD in Organizational Behavior, also at Harvard.
Presentation Languages: Turkish, English