Alexa Samaniego

Alexa Samaniego
PhD Student, Organizational Behavior
PhD Program Office Graduate School of Business Stanford University 655 Knight Way Stanford, CA 94305

Alexa Samaniego

Alexa is a second-year PhD student in Organizational Behavior (Micro) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Alexa's research is inspired by her background in theatre and the performing arts. She considers how speakers and audiences experience repeated performances (e.g., entrepreneurs giving the same pitch or teachers giving the same lecture), and why certain speakers come across as more authentic than others. Her research informs the work she does as a presentation coach in the Stanford Oral Communication program and TEDxStanford.

Prior to beginning her PhD, Alexa worked as a research associate at Achievers Workforce Institute and Columbia Business School, a headshot photographer, and an escape room game master.

She received her BS in Business Psychology from UC San Diego, and her MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University.

Faculty Advisors

Research Interests

  • Repeated Performances
  • Authenticity
  • Person Perception