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L Taylor Phillips

Professor Management & Organizations
NYU Stern School of Business

I am an Assistant Professor in Management & Organizations at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Access to resources and rewards is unevenly distributed, across teams, organizations, and societies. How do we manage these social hierarchies and resulting inequities? My research focuses on understanding an important but understudied component of hierarchy management: the psychology of privilege, or how benefitting from inequity affects human beliefs and behavior.

I explore the effects of privilege and advantage using diverse research methods, including lab experiments, field experiments, longitudinal approaches, and physiological, visual, and cognitive tools. By understanding the psychology of privilege, my work points out ways to better manage advantaged group members and their involvement in inclusion efforts, which can help organizations achieve their diversity and equity goals.

My collaborators include Brian Lowery, Nicole Stephens, Nir Halevy, and Kristin Laurin. I am a SPARQ faculty affiliate, collaborating with Geoff Cohen, Jennifer Eberhardt, and Hazel Markus. I earned my PhD at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where I also worked with Nalini Ambady in the Department of Psychology. I was also a Stanford DARE Fellow, NSF Graduate Fellow, and co-founder/president of the Stanford Graduate School of Business PhD Organization of Women.

I am originally from Kentucky, which means that I am a huge college basketball fan. Outside of research, I also enjoy taking studio dance classes, hiking/travel, and exploring in general.

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