Sean Fath


I am a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Management and Organizations group at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Broadly, my research explores (1) the ways in which decision makers use different types of information when evaluating others and (2) people’s lay beliefs about social and organizational stratification. For instance, in my job market paper, I examine the appeal of potentially biasing information in evaluative contexts (e.g., hiring, performance evaluation) and people’s naïve theories about how the use of such information affects their decisions and evaluations. In another line of work, I explore popular assumptions about managerial hierarchy and the ways these assumptions influence people’s beliefs about different organizations and the people who work in them. A copy of my CV can be found here.


Fath, S. & Kay, A. C. (2018). “If hierarchical, then corrupt”: Exploring people’s tendency to associate hierarchy with corruption in organizations. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 149, 145-164.

Fath, S., Proudfoot, D., & Kay, A. C. (2017). Effective to a fault: Organizational structure predicts attitudes toward minority organizations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 290-297.

Crum, A. J., Akinola, M., Martin, A., & Fath, S. (2017). The role of stress mindset in shaping cognitive, emotional, and physiological responses to challenging and threatening stress. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 30(4), 379-395.