Sameer Srivastava Named Schwabacher Fellow

Assistant Professor Sameer B. Srivastava has been awarded a Schwabacher Fellowship by the Haas Executive Committee, a panel that includes Dean Rich Lyons and senior faculty.

The fellowship is the highest honor Haas bestows on assistant professors and is intended to recognize up-and-coming faculty stars. It includes a small, unrestricted cash award, a research grant, and a modest instructional point credit.

“It is gratifying and humbling to be recognized by my colleagues,” Srivastava says. “Haas has created a supportive environment, where new faculty can thrive in both teaching and research.”

Srivastava teaches Power and Politics in Organizations, an MBA elective held in the spring, and also teaches in two Haas executive programs: the Women’s Executive Leadership Program and Strategy in Competitive Markets.

His research focuses on the formation, dynamics, and consequences of social networks within organizations. For example, he recently co-authored a paper, forthcoming in American Sociological Review, on network interaction, voting behavior, and polarization within the United States Senate.

Srivastava’s MBA course is geared toward helping students understand how to diagnose and navigate political dynamics in their organizations so they may achieve the greater good, while supporting their own career goals.

He has achieved a “Club 6” rating for teaching excellence for each of his years at Haas. In 2012, he received a Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation Research Award.

Srivastava holds a bachelor’s in economics, an MBA, a master’s in sociology, and a doctorate in organizational behavior/sociology, all from Harvard University.

While at Harvard, he taught classes on economics and statistics. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Monitor Group, a global management consulting firm.