Victoria L. Brescoll

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Professor Victoria L. Brescoll

Professor Brescoll's research focuses on the impact of stereotypes on individuals' status and power within organizations, particularly for individuals who violate gender stereotypes. Her study "Can an Angry Woman Get Ahead? Gender, Status Conferral, and Workplace Emotion Expression," published in Psychological Science, concluded that people reward men who get angry but view angry women as incompetent and unworthy of status and power in the workplace. The research was widely reported on in the popular press including the New York Times, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and U.S. News & World Report.

Additionally, Professor Brescoll examines how having power may differentially affect men and women's behavior at work. In 2012, she published a paper in Administrative Science Quarterly, "Who Takes the Floor and Why: Gender, Power, and Volubility in Organizations," showing that, for men, there is a strong relationship between having power and talking a lot in organizational settings (e.g., the United States Senate), but for women, there is no such relationship. Her other research interests include the cultural origins of stereotypes (e.g. the media), corporate social responsibility, and framing messages to improve health policy.

She received her MS, MPhil, and PhD in social psychology from Yale University where she was supported by a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She completed her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan. In 2004, Professor Brescoll worked in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton under a Congressional Fellowship. 

Community Profile

Yale SOM faculty members have a very collaborative spirit, and that’s reflected in both our research and in the classroom.


  • PhD, Yale University
  • MPhil, Yale University
  • MS, Yale University
  • BA, University of Michigan


Managing Groups & Teams
MGT 401
Leadership Development
MGT 414


Selected Articles

Victoria Brescoll, C. Moss-Racusin, J. Dovidio, M. Graham and J. Handelsman
V. L. Brescoll, E. L. Uhlmann and G. E. Newman
Journal of Personality & Social Psychology
Victoria Brescoll, C.A. Moss-Racusin, J.F. Dovidio, M.J. Graham and J. Handelsman
Proceedings of the National Academies of Science
V. L. Brescoll
Administrative Science Quarterly

Selected Working Papers

Included but Invisible? The benefits and costs of inclusion and the need for public policy
V. Brescoll, J. F. Dovidio, E. L. Thomas, C. A. Moss-Racusin & J. Handelsman
Gender and Work: Challenging Conventional Wisdon
V. L. Brescoll, E.L. Uhlmann, G.E. Newman, L. Zhu, D. Diermeier, and A. Galinsky
The Effects of System Justifying Motives on Endorsement of Essentialist Explanations for Gender Differences
V. Brescoll, E. Uhlmann & G. E. Newman
Macho Nachos: The Implicit Effects of Gender Stereotypes on Preferences for Healthy and Unlealthy Foods
V. Brescoll, E. L. Uhlmann & G. E. Newman


Top 10 most covered research of 2012 from Yale University for “Who Takes the Floor and Why: Gender, Power & Volubility in Organizations”
Administrative Science Quarterly
Elected to the Society for Experimental Social Psychology
July 2012
Best Paper Based on a Dissertation
Academy of Management, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division
Graduate Research Fellowship
National Science Foundation
Graduate Student Research Award
American Psychological Association’s Janet Shibley Hyde
William B. Kessen Teaching Award
Yale University
Zigler Fellowship in Child Development and Social Policy
Larry Kramer Fund Research Award
Yale University
Congressional Fellowship
Women’s Research and Education Institute
Jane Olejarczyk Service Award
Yale University Psychology Department