Melissa Williams

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  • Assistant Professor of Organization & Management
  • Phone: 404-727-6693
  • Fax: 404-727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Melissa J. Williams joined the Goizueta faculty in 2011, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford. She earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Williams' research focuses on the components of interpersonal interaction that operate outside of conscious awareness, and how they affects decision-making, teamwork, success, and relationships at work and in life. She is particularly interested in what happens when power, dominance, and organizational hierarchy intersect with individuals' social identities, such as gender, race, and culture.


Areas of Specialization

  • Culture
  • Diversity in organizations
  • Dominance
  • Gender
  • Power and leadership
  • Social psychology

Achievements and Honors

  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Research, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
  • Geis Memorial Award for Dissertation Research (Div. 35, American Psychological Association)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California Institute for Labor & Employment Master's Fellowship

Memberships and Activities

  • Professional memberships - Academy of Management, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for Experimental Social Psychology
  • Consulting editor - Psychology of Women Quarterly


  • Ph.D. Social/Personality Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 2008
  • Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, Rice University, Houston, TX 1995