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Melissa J. Williams

Melissa J. Williams

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Melissa J. Williams is an Assistant Professor in Organization & Management at Goizueta Business School, Emory University. She previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and earned a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Williams studies conscious and nonconscious beliefs about social groups, and is especially interested in what happens when power and dominance meet gender, race, and culture. Current research questions include (a) whether, and under what circumstances, people like dominant women and men, (b) what causes powerholders to behave socially responsibly versus selfishly, (c) how power affects sexual harassment and other forms of subordinate exploitation, and (d) what the life consequences are of looking like a physically stereotypical or non-stereotypical member of your racial group.

Dr. Williams is the recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research from Emory University, the Geis Memorial Award for Dissertation Research from the Association for Women in Psychology, and an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award from UC Berkeley. Her work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Review, among others.

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Gender Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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  • Organization & Management
  • Statistics & Research Methods

Melissa J. Williams
Goizueta Business School
Emory University
1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30030
United States

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