Sophia Town is an Assistant Professor of organizational behavior in the Leading People and Organizations area at the Gabelli School of Business. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2019. Professor Town’s research focuses on leadership and human flourishing. She explores how people navigate the increasing complexities of work with wisdom and insight. Central topics include emotion and organizing, organizational paradox, and mindfulness. Professor Town’s work reflects an interdisciplinary spirit, drawing insight from science and spirituality to make sense of human phenomena. In this vein, she enjoys collaborating with others who bring theoretical diversity to significant leadership problems. Her work has been supported by a grant from the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and the Transformation Project. In 2018, Professor Town was named the Jeanne Lind Herberger Fellow for transformative research on work and life.
Professor Town’s teaching is guided by the question: How can we use business education to develop compassionate leaders and build a flourishing world? Her classes aim to move students from knowing to becoming. She grounds these classes in experiential learning, critical reflexivity, compassion, and mindfulness-based approaches. Her favorite classes to teach are Mindful Leadership and Principles of Management. In 2018, Professor Town received Arizona State University’s Teaching Excellence Award. In 2020, she was involved in redesigning Gabelli’s core management course to function as a pedagogical research lab within the Leading People and Organizations area.
Professor Town currently serves as a research consultant for ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, & Resilience. She also serves as a Research Fellow for the International Humanistic Management Association and Fordham’s Center for Humanistic Management. In 2019, she won the IHMA Best Dissertation Award at the Academy of Management conference.