Melissa Graebner is a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois and a co-editor of SEJ. Her research focuses on understanding social micro-processes in strategic contexts, particularly in the settings of new ventures and mergers and acquisitions. She has a particular interest in process research and qualitative research methods. Her work has been published in leading journals, including ASQ, AMJ, Strategic Organization and SMJ. She is the recipient of the 2009 Best Paper Award from AMJ and received, with co-authors Jeff Martin and Phil Roundy, the 2017 SO! WHAT Award for the best SO!apox essay published in Strategic Organization in 2012. She received her PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and has worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and Company in Chicago and San Francisco.