Sean Fath


I am a PhD Candidate in the Management and Organizations group at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Broadly, I study topics related to inequality and hierarchy in organizations and society. In one stream of research, I examine people’s preferences for “blinding” their own judgment—purposefully restricting the information used in an evaluation to reduce susceptibility to bias (e.g., blind review in academia)—and test strategies to encourage the adoption of blinding. In a different research stream, I explore the ways that people process and understand hierarchy in organizations. For instance, I uncover lay beliefs that people hold about organizational hierarchy and the ways an application of these beliefs can lead to positive or negative evaluations of organizations and their members. My research has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Anxiety, Stress and Coping. 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.