Best Prof: Miguel M. Unzueta

Miguel Unzueta of UCLA's Anderson School is among the best 40 business school profs under 40.

Miguel Unzueta of UCLA’s Anderson School is among the best 40 business school profs under 40.

Miguel M. Unzueta

Assistant Professor of Human Resources & Organizational Behavior

Age: 31

Institution: UCLA Anderson School of Management

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Marital Status: Not married, but in a long-term relationship

Children: None

Education: University of Texas at Austin, BA, Psychology

Stanford Graduate School of Business, PhD, Organizational Behavior

Courses: Organizational Behavior


At UCLA since: 2006

Before UCLA: Stanford PhD student

Fun Fact: “My family immigrated to El Paso, TX, from Durango, Mexico in the 1970s. I am the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college.”

As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In organizations, Miguel Unzueta says diversity is in the eye of the beholder. Professor Unzueta specializes in self-image characteristics, perceptions of social equality, diversity, and affirmative action beliefs and attitudes. His academic research explores how members of dominant groups conceive of justice-related issues. Specifically, he has conducted research on the manner in which white Americans define racism, affirmative action, and diversity. Unzueta has published more than 20 research articles on affirmative action and diversity. His thought leadership has earned him invitations to present his research at key forums including the annual meeting of the Academy of Management and the UCLA School of Law annual Critical Race Studies Symposium. This year, Unzueta was the recipient of the Anderson School’s George Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award for his core course in Organizational Behavior.

Students Say:

Professor Unzueta’s mastery of the underlying principles of organizational behavior is plain to see.  He turns something that seems completely unrelated to business, i.e., psychology, and provides direct applications to managerial concepts.  More than any other MBA course, Professor Unzueta’s class really taught me something about myself and the type leader I’d like to become. — Veronica Vasquez, MBA Class of 2011

Miguel Unzueta is among The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40

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