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Michael W. Kraus

Michael W. Kraus

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Psychologist Michael W. Kraus explores the emotional and hierarchical dynamics of human social interactions. His current research 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.

I was born and raised in Poway, California. I received my undergraduate and graduate training in social psychology from UC Berkeley. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Yale University School of Management.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Piff, P. K., Kraus, M. W., & Keltner, D. (2018). Unpacking the inequality paradox: The psychological roots of inequality and social class. In J. Olson (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 57, 53-124.

Courses Taught:

  • Global Virtual Teams
  • Human Emotion
  • Inside Organizations
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Personality Psychology
  • Power and Politics
  • Power and Politics for Executives
  • Power, Status, and Influence

Michael W. Kraus
5477 Evans Hall
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
United States of America

  • Phone: (203) 432-6034

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