Ayse Yemiscigil is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. She is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

Ayse’s research uses an interdisciplinary approach to study well-being and character development, with a special interest in humanistic/existential topics such as meaning, purpose, and authenticity. She conducts applied research in organizational and multi-country settings and leadership development and educational contexts.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals including Psychological Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and covered by The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets.


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Dr. Yemiscigil develops the curriculum for and currently teaches “Leading with Authenticity and Purpose,” a highly rated graduate course offered at Harvard Division of Continuing Education.

In 2021, Ayse received the dean's commendation for distinguished teaching performance at Harvard Extension School.

She consults organizations in designing programs and products for character development and well-being. Please contact her to discuss opportunities to work together. 


1737 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02138, United States

Ayse is pronounced as 'ai·ee·shuh'.

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