Professor Management & Organizations
NYU Stern School of Business


Dr. Phillips works with individuals and organizations on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Learn more or get involved.

Access to opportunity 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 benefiting 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.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in Management & Organizations at NYU’s Stern School of Business. I am also a Stanford SPARQ faculty affiliate. I earned my PhD at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where I was a Stanford DARE Fellow, NSF Graduate Fellow, and co-founder/president of the 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 dance (dabbling in flamenco of late) and wildlife tracking (photography only!).