Michelle Mielly is American whose work is situated within a broad international context (France, Central America, the U.S., West Africa) as an educator, researcher, and consultant. A culture specialist, she has been active both Costa Rica and Ivory Coast in projects for youth development and sustainable development/ecotourism initiatives. She has lectured at a number of higher education institutions (Institut Polytechnique National de Grenoble, Harvard University, Université Pierre Mendès-France, Pennsylvania State University, Boston University) and is a faculty member and program director of the DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) program at Grenoble Ecole de Management.
Current research projects include ethnographic studies of phenomena such as self-initiated expatriate populations (countries of origin and destinations), inter-cultural organizations dedicated to minority integration through cultural production, analysis of organizational dynamics and intersectionality via the overlapping encounters driving identity-generating activities. Focusing on the link between artistic production and organizational identity, specifically in complex multicultural contexts, we attempt to understand the broader emergent relationships between aesthetic life and political life and characterize the power dimensions playing out in these relationships.
Areas of expertise include Intercultural Management & Cross Cultural Communications, Post-Colonial Theory, Diversity Management, Business Ethics, International Business, International Negotiation, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies, the Sociology of Work, and Development Anthropology.