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. Williams earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the components of interpersonal interaction that operate outside of conscious awareness. In one line of research, for example she studies the role of people's underlying beliefs about social identity (such as race and gender) in interactions across groups. Other work explores cultural differences in social decision making. Finally, in recent work Williams has been investigating the effects of interpersonal dominance and one's position in an organizational hierarchy on interpersonal behavior.


Areas of Specialization

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

Achievements and Honors

  • 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
  • Consulting editor - Psychology of Women Quarterly
  • Ad hoc reviewer - Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, Self & Identity, Social Psychological & Personality Science


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