Michael Kraus

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Michael Kraus is a social psychologist who specializes in the study of hierarchy. 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.



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

Selected Articles


  • 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


Psychology suggests that power doesn’t make people bad—it just reveals their true natures
M. W. Kraus
American Dream? Or Mirage?
M. W. Kraus, S. Davidai, & A. D. Nussbaum
New York Times
Crossing class lines
S. Cote & M. W. Kraus
New York Times