Bobbi Thomason

Bobbi Thomason

Senior Fellow and Lecturer, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
WAPPP Fellow
Bobbi Thomason

Bobbi Thomason's research broadly examines how individual experience work and pursue their careers in globalizing and developing economies. Her research explores, for example, women's attainment of executive leadership in the Middle East and Africa, as well as men and women’s experiences negotiating in local or global settings.


Bobbi has worked in conflict management consulting and as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the International Researcher for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead and an advisor to the Lean In Foundation. Her research is featured in national and international media, including PRI’s The World, Smithsonian Magazine and KQED. She has a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and M.A. from Columbia University. Bobbi earned her Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Research Topic

Women’s Ascents to Executive Roles in the Middle East and Africa: The potential of swift changes in the face of stagnated progress

Policy Topic