Current OBHR PhD Students
Patrick F. Bruning
5th Year Student
"The Krannert OBHR PhD program benefits students through the combination of high quality instruction and guidance with a friendly and empowering environment."
Research interests include teams, stress/well-being, job design, strategic human resources.
Christopher J. Hartwell, PHR
4th Year Student
"The OBHR program at Krannert is a very supportive environment where faculty members attentively mentor PhD students on how to succeed in teaching, research and publishing. As students, we are held to lofty theoretical and methodological standards and, through academic classes, teaching opportunities, and research partnerships with faculty members and fellow students, we develop a myriad of tools to assist us in attaining future success."
Chris is a previous graduate of the George Washington University (B.A. Communication) and Utah State University (M.S. Human Resources). In addition to his academic background, Chris has eight years of professional work experience in the field of human resources, including recruiting, selection, performance management, compensation/benefits administration, and employee training/development. That professional experience has come through employment with such varied organizations as the United States Senate, Kelly Services, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the HR Certification Institute since 2009.
Research interests include employee selection, performance management, communication and feedback, leadership, and social media in the workplace.
Levashina, J., Hartwell, C. J., Morgeson, F. P., & Campion, M. A. (in press). The structured employment interview: Narrative and quantitative review of the research literature. Personnel Psychology.
Jared C. Law-Penrose
2nd Year Student
Jared graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, PA with a bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2008. As an undergraduate he was selected as a David L. Boren scholar and spent a year enrolled in Nizhniy Novogord State University, Russia conducting cross-cultural media exportation. He presented his findings at the 2007 International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Paris. From 2008-2012 he worked for the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in strategic planning and congressional affairs.
Jared is married to his wife Melissa. They have a three year old son and just welcomed a daughter to their family this past August. His personal interests include scuba diving, water skiing, and board games.
Research interests include non-profit human resource management, restorative justice within organizations, and intersection of leadership and trust.
Matthew B. Perrigino
2nd Year Student
"The faculty in the Krannert OBHR program are all incredibly nice, genuine, and knowledgeable individuals who are always willing to answer questions and offer guidance. Although the coursework can be challenging, the combined support of the faculty and other students helps foster learning. This camaraderie creates a pleasant atmosphere where knowledge can easily be built, developed, and shared."
Matt was born and raised in Westchester, NY, and graduated with a BBA degree from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where he double concentrated in operations management and business law and minored in religion. Prior to joining Krannert, he worked in corporate finance at IBM.
Matt’s parents are Brian and Denise. He has a sister named Monica who is pursuing a degree at NYU Law. His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, running, playing golf, and yoga.
Research interests include work-family conflict, organizational behavior in hospitals, and organizational dress.
Xinyan (Catherine) Zhao
2nd Year Student
"Here I have found an intellectually stimulating environment full of opportunities. The professors are accessible, and the students are diverse and intelligent."
Catherine has an M.A. in Communication from Purdue University and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Research interests include work-family conflict, social media, and turnover.
1st Year Student
"In our OBHR program, all faculty members are nice and helpful. Also, the colleagues always feel free to share their valuable experiences and knowledge here in the department, which helped me a lot with the first-year transition period. I feel so grateful that I made the choice of being here in such a professional, but friendly, learning community. By working with faculty members, I have the chance to explore my research interests further, build up my knowledge system, and eventually, develop the skills and competence of being a professional scholar."
Hongzhi graduated in 2013 from South China University of Technology (SCUT; Guangzhou, China) with a Master’s degree in Corporate Management (concentrated in Organizational Behavior). He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SCUT. During the Master’s years at SCUT, he presented his research at the 2011 & 2012 "China • Praxis • Management" Academic Conference (Guangzhou & Shanghai, China) and the 4th "Management in China" Academic Conference (Dalian, China, 2011). He has also published three papers in Chinese Journal of Management.
Research interests include research and theory evaluation, relationship-oriented leadership, employee silence, team process, psychological safety and cultural values.
1st Year Student
"The OBHR program provides an ideal environment for study and research: cooperation rather than competition, casual yet focused interaction with faculty members, and a friendly and open-minded environment. Everyone around me seems to be so excited to be here, and my colleagues' achievements are a great source of inspiration. Strong ties with other majors, such as industrial/organizational psychology, are another plus: whatever I do, I feel I can broaden my scope of professional interests and develop new approaches to reasearch topics."
Prior to joining Krannert, Jaewoo earned a B.B.A. at Hongik University in Seoul, Korea, and a master's degree in human resources and labor relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Research interests include positive psychology, cross-cultural issues, team dynamics, and restorative justice within organizations.
1st Year Student
"We have a very supportive environment here. Faculty members pay attention to your development and fellow students are always ready to help and share."
Lusi Wu graduated from Renmin University of China with a MPA and BA in Public Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and drawing.
Research interests include recruitment, employee selection, assessment and self-efficacy.