Benoît Monin

Benoît Monin
Professor, Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Additional Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, Leading with an Improv Mindset

Research Statement

Using the methods of experimental social psychology, Professor Monin's research investigates the interplay between self-image and morality. He seeks to understand for instance when individuals behave unethically, and how they live with it; the consequences of high or low moral self-confidence; the meaning and role of morality in everyday life; and what empirical psychology can contribute to ethics.


Benoît Monin received his undergraduate degree from ESSEC Business School near Paris, his MSc in Social Psychology from the the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and his PhD in Psychology from Princeton University. He has taught at Stanford since 2001, and has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan as well as at the University of Paris. Monin’s work has appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Psychology, Princeton University, 2002
  • MSc in Social Psychology, London School of Economics, 1995
  • ESSEC Diploma, Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), Cergy, France, 1994

Academic Appointments

  • The Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Ethics, Psychology, and Leadership, Stanford GSB, 2016-Present
  • Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB, 2012-Present
  • Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, 2012-Present
  • Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB, 2008-2012
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, 2008-2012
  • Visiting Professor, Psychology Department, Université de Paris X (Nanterre), May 2008
  • Visiting Scholar, Psychology Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2005-2006
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, 2001-2008

Awards and Honors

  • Philip F. Maritz Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 2012-2013
  • Fletcher Jones Faculty Scholar, Stanford GSB, 2009-2010
  • Richard E. Guggenhime Faculty Scholar, 2006-2009, Stanford University
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University, 2005
  • Finalist, Honorific Dissertation Fellowship, Princeton University Graduate School, 2000
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars, Princeton, 1998-2000
  • Médaille de Bronze de la Défense Nationale, 1996 (French military medal)


Journal Articles

Takuya Sawaoka, Benoît Monin. Social Psychological and Personality Science. October 23, 2019.
Neil Malhotra, Benoît Monin, Michael Tomz. American Political Science Review. February 2019, Vol. 113, Issue 1, Pages 19–37.
Takuya Sawaoka, Benoît Monin. Psychological Science. October 2018, Vol. 29, Issue 10, Pages 1665-1678.
Lauren C. Howe, Benoît Monin. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. May 2017, Vol. 112, Issue 5, Pages 718-735.
Benoît Monin, Kieran O'Connor.... Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (GPIR). September 2016, Vol. 19, Issue 5, Pages 676-693.
Takuya Sawaoka, Benoît Monin. Social Psychological and Personality Science. April 2015, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pages 334-342.
Sapna Cheryan, Jessica Schwartz Cameron, Zach Katagiri, Benoît Monin. Social Psychology. January 2015.
D.A. Effron, Benoît Monin, Dale T. Miller. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology . 2013, Vol. 49, Issue 3, Pages 573-578.
D.A. Effron, Dale T. Miller, Benoît Monin. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2012, Vol. 103, Issue 6, Pages 916-922.
Alex Jordan, Benoît Monin. Psychology Science. August 2008, Vol. 19, Issue 8, Pages 809-15.

Book Chapters

Dale T. Miller, Benoît Monin. The Social Psychology of Morality. New York: Psychology Press, 2016, Pages 40–55.


Degree Courses


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Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

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