Sean Fath


I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Management and Organizations group at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Broadly, my research explores (1) people’s lay beliefs about social and organizational stratification and (2) the ways in which decision makers use different types of information when evaluating others. For instance, in one 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. In another line of work, I examine the appeal of potentially biasing information in evaluative contexts and people’s naïve theories about how the use of such information affects their decisions and evaluations. A copy of my CV can be found here.


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.