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Erika James

Erika H. James


Erika H. James became Dean of The Wharton School on July 1, 2020. Trained as an organisational psychologist, she is a leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity and management strategy.

Prior to her appointment at Wharton, she was the John H. Harland Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School from 2014 to 2020. An award-winning educator, accomplished consultant and researcher, she is the first woman and first person of colour to be appointed Dean in Wharton’s 141-year history. As such she has paved the way for women in leadership both in education and corporate America. She has been instrumental in developing groundbreaking executive education programmes, including the Women’s Leadership programme at the University of Virginia’s Darden School.

She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in organisational psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.

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