Michele Gelfand

Michele Gelfand

Formal First Name

Michele Gelfand is John H. Scully Professor of Cross-Cultural Management at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Michele is a cross-cultural psychologist renowned for her work on social norms, negotiation, conflict, revenge, forgiveness and diversity. She uses field, experimental, computational and neuroscientific methods to study the evolution of cultural differences, most notably, the strength of social norms, and their consequences for nations, states, organizations, and individuals. Her early work focused on the distinction of vertical and horizontal individualism and collectivism. Her work has been cited over 20,000 times and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, The Economist, De Standaard, among other outlets. Previously, Michele was a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Her research also focuses on the role of culture in negotiation and conflict and the psychology of revenge and forgiveness and diversity in organizations.

  • Her pioneering research into cultural norms has been cited thousands of times in the press.

  • She has received over 13 million dollars in research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the FBI.


  • Member, National Academy of Sciences

  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • Co-founder, Society for the Study of Cultural Evolution

  • Past President, International Association for Conflict Management

  • Past Division Chair, Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management


  • 2021 Contributions to Society Award, Academy of Management

  • 2020 Rubin Theory-to-Practice Award, International Association of Conflict Management

  • 2020 Katzell Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2019 Outstanding Cultural Psychology Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

  • 2019 Distinguished Scientist-Practitioner Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2017 Outstanding International Psychologist Award, American Psychological Association

  • 2017 Most Influential Paper Award, Conflict Management

  • Division, Academy of Management

  • 2016 Edward Diener, Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology


  • Her research has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Science, and on NPR.

  • She has also been featured in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, PLOS 1, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Annual Review of Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, among others.