Brian S. Lowery

Professor, Organizational Behavior
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Brian S. Lowery

The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Stanford Institute on Race
Director, Executive Program in Leadership: The Effective Use of Power
Co-Director, Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives
Director, Black Leaders Program

Research Statement

Brian Lowery’s research seeks to extend knowledge of individuals’ experience of inequality and fairness. His work suggests that individuals distinguish between inequalities framed as advantage as opposed to disadvantage. This finding affects how individuals perceive inequality and the steps they take, if any, to reduce it. Thus, his work sheds light on intergroup conflict and the nature of social justice.


Brian Lowery is The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior. He received his doctorate in social psychology from UCLA in 2001, and has been on faculty at Stanford since 2002.

At Stanford GSB, Professor Lowery is currently driving an initiative, Leadership for Society, to support the development of leaders for a diverse society. He was also recently named founding co-director of Stanford’s new Institute on Race. The mission of the institute is to “Produce cutting-edge research and solutions to realize racial justice.”

Lowery’s research has two major threads. The first thread examines the way people understand inequality, and how these understandings affect their attitudes and behavior. The second thread examines the consequences of the reality that others shape our selves and we shape theirs. This work explores issues ranging from the nature of racial, gender and other social identities to an understanding of how others help us generate meaning in life. 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. His book on these topics, Selfless, will be available March 28, 2023. He also hosts a podcast Know What You See, and a course webinar open to the public, The Leadership for Society series. All of which can be found at

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
  • BS, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • 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


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Service to the Profession


  • American Psychological Society
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Academy of Management
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology

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