Sean Fath


I am an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the ILR School at Cornell University. My research focuses on managerial decision making, bias reduction in social evaluations, and perceptions of social and organizational hierarchy. A copy of my CV can be found here.


Matusik, J. G., Mitchell, R. L., Hays, N. A., Fath, S., & Hollenbeck, J. R. (In Press). The highs and lows of hierarchy in multiteam systems. Academy of Management Journal.

Fath, S., Larrick, R. P., Soll, J. B., & Zhu, S. (2021). Why putting on blinders can help us see more clearly. MIT Sloan Management Review, 62(4), 38-45.

Proudfoot, D. & Fath, S. (2021). Signaling creative genius: How perceived social connectedness influences judgments of creative potential. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47(4), 580-592.

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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.