- 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.
- Williams, M. J., & Tiedens, L. Z. A subtle suspension of backlash: A meta-analysis of penalties for women's explicit and implicit dominance behavior. Psychological Bulletin.
- Williams, M. J. (2014). Serving the self from the seat of power: Goals and threats predict self-interested leader behavior. Journal of Management, 40(5), 1365-1395.
- Williams, M. J., & Chen, S. (2014). When "mom's the boss": Control over domestic decision making reduces women's interest in workplace power. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17(4), 436-452.
- Hebl, M. R.*, Williams, M. J.*, Sundermann, J., Kell, H., & Davies, P. G. (2012). Selectively friending: Racial stereotypicality and social rejection. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1329-1335. *Authors contributed equally; order is alphabetical.
- Li, Y. J., Johnson, K. A., Cohen, A. B., Williams, M. J., Knowles, E. D., & Chen, Z. (2012). Fundamental(ist) attribution error: Protestants are dispositionally focused. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(2), 281-290.
- Williams, M. J., & Spencer-Rodgers, J. (2010). Culture and stereotyping processes: Integration and new directions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4(8), 591-604.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Williams, M. J., & Peng, K. (2010). Cultural differences in expectations of change and tolerance for contradiction: A decade of empirical research. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14(3), 296-312.
- Williams, M. J., Paluck, E. L., & Spencer-Rodgers, J. (2010). The masculinity of money: Nonconscious stereotypes predict gender differences in salary estimates. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 107-120.
- Williams, M. J., & Eberhardt, J. L. (2008). Biological conceptions of race and the motivation to cross racial boundaries. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(6), 1033-1047.
- Goff, P. A., Eberhardt, J. L., Williams, M. J., & Jackson, M. C. (2008). Not yet human: Implicit knowledge, historical dehumanization, and contemporary consequences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(2), 292-306.
- Spencer-Rodgers, J., Williams, M. J., Hamilton, D. L., Peng, K., & Wang, L. (2007). Culture and group perception: Dispositional and stereotypic inferences about novel and national groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93(4), 525-543.
Areas of Specialization
- Diversity in organizations
- 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