Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt

Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Professor of Business Administration

Thomas-Hunt is an authority in the art of negotiation, the use of power and influence, leveraging expertise, and global diversity. She also researches how women emerge as leaders.

Her teaching and research activities focus on conflict management, negotiation and inclusive leadership within global teams and organizations. She has also spent years teaching negotiation to executives. Her research focuses specifically on the effects of status and power on negotiation processes and outcomes and the evaluation and integration of expertise within diverse groups. She is currently co-authoring a book titled Collaboration Jujitsu.

She was co-author in 2010 of the paper “Too Good to Be True? The Unintended Signaling Effects of Educational Prestige on External Expectations of Team Performance,” published in Organization Science and is writing an article titled “Giving Her the Floor: How Solicitation Helps Female Experts Be More Influential.” Thomas-Hunt is an original member of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In team of lecturers.

B.S.E., Princeton University; M.S., Ph.D., Northwestern University

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