Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., Harvard University
Research interests include women’s leadership, racial/cultural norms and identity in youth and families, and adolescent development.
Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., is a part-time senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) whose research has focused on racial/ethnic diversity and gender equity in leadership and development across the life course. She was part of a team that found that three or more women on a corporate board of directors constitute a critical mass, which improves the functioning of corporate boards, and she has analyzed data from interviews with diverse women leaders, which resulted in Inside Women’s Power: Learning from Leaders. Erkut directed the postdoctoral research training program on variations in child and adolescent development funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development.