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Abdifatah Ali

Assistant Professor
Work & Organizations


  • Ph.D. 2017
    Organizational Psychology Michigan State University
  • M.A. 2015
    Organizational Psychology Michigan State University
  • B.A. 2012
    Psychology San Diego State University


  • Workplace diversity and inclusion
  • Job search and recruitment
  • Motivation and affect in the workplace


Dr. Abdifatah A. Ali is an Assistant Professor of Work and Organizations in the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Michigan State University. Abdifatah’s research interests focus on understanding how individuals with stigmatized identities make sense of and communicate about those identities across different stages of the employee-organization relationship, workplace diversity and inclusion with an emphasis on establishing equitable employment opportunity practices, and how motivation and emotions shape behavior in organizations. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology. His teaching includes organizational behavior and diversity management for MBAs and Masters of HR students. Abdifatah is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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