Stefanie L. Watson, Ph.D. is a 2021 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Stefanie L. Watson at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, Committee Chair, Dr. Oscar Holmes, IV, Committee Member, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member
- Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Oscar Holmes, IV, Ph.D., Committee Member
Black leaders, Black masculinity, authentic leaders, narrative inquiry
Weber (2001) defines race as “the grouping of people with certain ancestry and biological traits into categories for differential treatment” (p. 74). Yet, according to the American Anthropological Association (1998) and countless doctors, scientists, geneticists, and scholars, in theory, the term “race” does not scientifically correspond to biological and physiological distinctions and has no empirical basis. Despite the lack of biological basis, racial categories are powerful frameworks for defining self-concepts and structuring opportunities within American society. Within the framework of a racially stratified, White dominated society, individuals who self-identify as White (or are perceived by Whites to be White) receive privileges that are not equally attainable for non-Whites. Even in the 21st century, as in prior centuries, race continues to be used as one of the most instrumental signifiers of differences between people within the United States. Racial categorization has undergirded hierarchical structures powerful enough to determine a group’s access to fundamental human necessities (clean water, food, and safe living conditions), intellectual and economic resources, infrastructures, agricultural and commodity trade markets, and financial systems. Socially and politically, race continues to be an important variable in how individuals are categorized and treated in the United States. The proposed research aims to understand how African American male leaders experience and make sense of their race in the workplace. The knowledge and skills acquired from being an African American male leader in the United States includes navigating a multifaceted intersection of domains such as racial identity, masculinity, and leader development, which encompasses personal and professional lives. This research asserts that African American males’ understanding of race affects their professional relationships and leadership experience in the workplace. This study will explore how African American males’ perceptions of race influence their interactions and leader development at work, including barriers and bridges to communication, stereotype threat, and perceived prejudice and discrimination. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, https://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu
Watson, S. L. (2021). Experiencing Race in the Workplace: Understanding How African American Male Leaders Make Sense of Their Race at Work. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/716
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