Teodora Tomova Shakur

Teadora Tomova

E-mail: ttomova@stern.nyu.edu
Phone: 212-998-0413
Personal website: https://teodoratomovashakur.com


Teodora Tomova Shakur is a PhD candidate specializing in Organizational Behavior in the Department of Management and Organizations. Teodora’s research interests revolve around issues of network tie favoritism at work such as nepotism, cronyism, and more subtle favoritism proclivities such as submitting job referrals on behalf of friends. More specifically, Teodora investigates the core motivations driving individuals to favor (or decline to favor) network ties over equally or more competent strangers. Additionally, Teodora investigates the consequences of network tie favoritism for individuals, organizations, and society at large. Teodora employs a mixed-methods approach in carrying out her research, such as field and laboratory experiments, surveys,  archival datasets, longitudinal and meta-analytic methodology.

Teodora Tomova received a M. Phil. from New York University and a B.A in Psychology (Honors) from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Teodora gained industrial experience as an organizational consultant and HR professional, giving a start to her career as a researcher.

Research Interests

  • Network Tie Favoritism 
  • Nepotism
  • Cronyism
  • Referral-based Hiring 
  • Social Networks
  • Merit


Zhang, J. W., Chen, S., & Tomova Shakur, T. K. (2020). From Me to You: Self-Compassion Predicts Acceptance of Own and Others’ Imperfections. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(2), 228–242. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167219853846

Zhang, J. W., Chen, S., Tomova Shakur, T. K., Bilgin, B., Chai, W. J., Ramis, T., … Manukyan, A. (2019). A Compassionate Self Is a True Self? Self-Compassion Promotes Subjective Authenticity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45(9), 1323–1337. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167218820914

Academic Background

M. Phil., Management
New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

B.A., Psychology
University of California Berkeley