Brian S. Lowery
The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior
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Lowery is a professor of organizational behavior and a social psychologist by training. He received his doctorate from UCLA in 2001 with a minor in statistical methods.
Lowery works to change the way people interact with each other in the world. At Stanford GSB, he is currently driving an initiative to shape enlightened and purposeful leaders for a diverse society, and in so doing, to define the meaning and nature of leadership itself. He is a proponent of University collaborations and is actively looking to develop Stanford GSB’s capacity to serve Stanford departments’ needs in facilitation, coaching, experiential learning design, and leadership development.
In the classroom, Lowery translates basic knowledge about human interactions into lessons for aspiring leaders. He oversees the Leadership Fellows Program for second-year MBAs and teaches introductory organizational behavior courses for both master’s and doctorate level students.
Lowery’s research has two major threads. The first thread examines the operation of racial attitudes below the threshold of consciousness. The second thread, which he pursues through the work of the Lowery Lab, focuses on how people perceive inequality. Underlying both lines of work is the assumption that individuals may unintentionally exacerbate existing inequity, despite supporting the ideal of a just and fair society. This research has been published in major scholarly journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Law and Human Behavior.
- PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
- MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
- BS, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 1996
- At Stanford University since 2002
Awards and Honors
- Hank McKinnell-Pfizer Inc. Faculty Fellow, 2017–18
- Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow, 2014–15
Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs
Stanford Case Studies
Service to the Profession
- American Psychological Society
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology
- Academy of Management
- Society of Experimental Social Psychology