Melissa Graebner is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Texas and an associate editor for 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 a 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 serves on the editorial boards for SMJ, Strategic Organization, and Strategy Science. 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.