Sora Jun is a doctoral candidate in Micro Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business. Sora’s research interests center around hierarchy and intergroup relations. In her research program, Sora investigates how people perceive their group position and manage their relationships with others, in hierarchies with more than two groups. Sora is originally from South Korea, and spent her childhood in Buffalo, New York. Before starting her doctoral studies, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto in Canada.
Dissertation: Understanding Complex Hierarchy Dynamics: Dominant Group Members’ Responses to Inter-Subordinate Group Relations
Sora’s dissertation project examines how White Americans—as the dominant racial group in the U.S.—respond to positive relationships among multiple racial minority groups. Using archival data, experiments, and a field study, she examines the possibility that White Americans experience a threat of losing power when they learn about positive cross-minority group relationships. By examining hierarchy dynamics that go beyond traditional paradigms that assume dichotomous group hierarchies, Sora’s dissertation aims to broaden perspectives of group hierarchy research.