Melissa J. Williams joined the Goizueta faculty in 2011, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Williams studies the intersection between social identities (gender, race, stigma, or national culture) and workplace hierarchies. Her research has been published in major journals (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science) and covered in the media. She previously served as an Associate Editor at Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2021-24) and as Area Coordinator for the Organization & Management area at Goizueta (2020-24). Professor Williams can be reached directly at mjwilliams (at)


  • PhD in Social / Personality Psychology
    University of California, Berkeley
  • BA in Psychology
    Rice University