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Michael Kraus

Michael Kraus

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Michael Kraus is a social psychologist who specializes in the study of inequality. His current work explores the behaviors and emotional states that maintain and perpetuate economic and social inequality in society. He also studies the emotional processes that allow individuals and teams to work together more effectively. Michael’s research has appeared in Psychological Review, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He currently teaches Power & Politics and Global Virtual Teams in the Yale SOM core curriculum. Michael is also the director of Yale’s summer internship in organizational behavior (


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2003



  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 2020
    Fellow, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, 2020
  • Graduate Mentor Award in the Social Sciences, Yale University, 2020
  • Sage Young Scholars Award, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, 2018
  • Emerging Leadership Award, American Psychological Association, Committee on Socioeconomic Status, 2017
  • Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, 2016
  • Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science, 2013
  • Dissertation Research Award, American Psychological Association, 2009