Best Prof: Ashleigh Shelby Rosette

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette at Duke's Fuqua School is among the 40 best business school profs under 40.

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette at Duke’s Fuqua School is among the 40 best business school profs under 40.

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette

Associate Professor of Management

Age: 38

Institution: Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Hometown: Jasper, Texas

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2


Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, PhD, Management and Organizations

University of Texas at Austin, Master in Professional Accounting

University of Texas at Austin, BA, Business Administration

Courses: Negotiations

Leadership, Ethics, and Organizations

At Fuqua Since: 2005

Before Fuqua: University of Houston Bauer College of Business, Faculty Member

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Faculty Member

Arthur Andersen Consulting LLP, Consultant

Extracurricular Activities: Active member of the PhD Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing diversity among business school faculty.

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette uses her research to investigate the age old question: what makes a good leader? Probing beyond typical characteristics like one’s ability to communicate effectively and to get along well with others, Rosette takes a deep dive into the cultural characteristics that define leadership and the hidden systems of privilege within organizations. Titles of recent publications include: The white standard: Racial bias in leadership categorization (with Poets&Quants “40 under 40,” Katherine Phillips from Kellogg), Unearned privilege: Race, gender, and social inequality in U.S. organizations, and Agentic women and communal leadership: how role prescriptions confer advantage to top women leaders.


In the classroom, Professor Rosette’s teaching philosophy is to empower and inspire. Empower students with the knowledge and learning that transforms classroom concepts into real world application. Inspire them to become better leaders, managers, professionals, and colleagues. Rosette received the Excellence in Teaching Award of the Year in the Cross-Continent Executive MBA program and the Duke Goethe Executive MBA program at Fuqua.

Students Say:

“Ashleigh is refreshing with respect to being a b-school educator because she encourages deep reflective thought, conflict, and uncomfortable conversations — things you need to be comfortable with in the real world. And while her teaching is unparalleled, it is her accessibility outside of the classroom that is most remarkable.”

“I enjoyed Ashleigh’s enthusiasm. She engages the class and is genuinely interested in students learning and being able to apply classroom concepts.”

“Ashleigh is very dynamic and her energy is infectious.”

“Dr. Rosette is superb. She is tough but fair, she pushed us. I found the material to be extremely relevant to my career.”

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40

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