Victoria L. Brescoll

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

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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. 

Expertise

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

Education

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

Courses

  • Managing Groups & Teams MGT 401
  • Leadership Development MGT 414

Selected Articles

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
2013

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

Achievements

  • 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, 2012
  • 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, 2007
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2000-2003
  • Graduate Student Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Janet Shibley Hyde, 2004-2005
  • William B. Kessen Teaching Award, Yale University, 2002-2003
  • Zigler Fellowship in Child Development and Social Policy, 2002-2006
  • Larry Kramer Fund Research Award, Yale University, 2004-2005
  • Congressional Fellowship, Women’s Research and Education Institute, 2004
  • Jane Olejarczyk Service Award, Yale University Psychology Department, 2000-2001