Brian S. Lowery

Brian S. Lowery
Professor, Organizational Behavior
+1 (650) 723-8119
CV
The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
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Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives
Director, Interpersonal Dynamics Weekend Lab – New York: Leadership from the Inside Out
Director, Interpersonal Dynamics Weekend Lab – Paris: Leadership from the Inside Out
Director, Leadership Strategies: The Effective Use of Power

Research Statement

Professor 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.

Bio

Brian 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.

Professor Lowery works to change the way people interact with each other in the world. At the 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 the GSB’s capacity to serve Stanford departments’ needs in facilitation, coaching, experiential learning design, and leadership development.

In the classroom, Professor 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.

Professor 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.

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, 2017-2018
  • Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow, 2014-2015

Publications

Journal Article

L. Taylor Phillips, Brian S. Lowery
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
December 2020 Vol. 119 Issue 6 Pages 1403–1422
Amelia Stillwell, Brian S. Lowery
forthcoming, Journal Personality and Social Psychology
2020
L. Taylor Phillips, Brian S. Lowery
Currents Directions in Psychological Science
May 1, 2018 Vol. 27 Issue 3 Pages 156-162
Sora Jun, Brian S. Lowery, Lucia Guillory
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
December 1, 2017 Vol. 43 Issue 12 Pages 1615-1629
L. Taylor Phillips, Brian S. Lowery
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
November 2015 Vol. 61 Pages 12-18
Eric D. Knowles, Brian S. Lowery, Rosalind M. Chow, Miguel M. Unzueta
Perspectives on Psychological Science
November 17, 2014 Vol. 9 Issue 6 Pages 594-609
Rossalind M. Chow, Brian S. Lowery, Caitlin M. Hogan
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
March 1, 2013 Vol. 39 Issue 3 Pages 332-345
Brian S. Lowery, Rosalind M. Chow, Eric D. Knowles, Miguel M. Unzueta
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
February 2012 Vol. 102 Issue 2 Pages 323-336
Brian S. Lowery, Daryl A. Wout
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
June 2010 Vol. 98 Issue 6 Pages 956-966
Eric D. Knowles, Brian S. Lowery, Rebecca L Schaumberg
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
March 2010 Vol. 46 Issue 2 Pages 420–423
Eric D. Knowles, Brian S. Lowery, Rebecca L. Schaumberg
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
July 2009 Vol. 45 Issue 4 Pages 965-969
Brian S. Lowery, Roaslind M. Chow, Jennifer Randall Cosby
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
February 2009 Vol. 45 Issue 2 Pages 375-378
Eric D. Knowles, Brian S. Lowery, Caitlin M. Hogan, Rosalind M. Chow
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
2009 Vol. 96 Issue 4 Pages 857-869
Brian S. Lowery, Miguel M. Unzueta
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
November 2008 Vol. 44 Issue 6 Pages 1491-1497
Miguel M. Unzueta, Brian S. Lowery, Eric D. Knowles
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
January 2008 Vol. 105 Issue 1 Pages 1–13
Rosalind M. Chow, Brian S. Lowery, Eric D. Knowles
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
2008 Vol. 44 Issue 4 Pages 1073–1081
Brian S. Lowery, Naomi I. Eisenberger, Curtis D. Hardin, Stacy Sinclair
Basic and Applied Social Psychology
December 2007 Vol. 29 Issue 2 Pages 151-157
Brian S. Lowery, Eric D. Knowles, Miguel M. Unzueta
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
September 2007 Vol. 33 Issue 9 Pages 1237-1250
Brian S. Lowery, Miguel M. Unzueta , Eric D. Knowles, Phillip Atiba Goff
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
2006 Vol. 90 Issue 6 Pages 961-974
Stacey Sinclair, Brian S. Lowery, Curtis D. Hardin, A. Colangelo
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
2005 Vol. 89 Issue 4 Pages 583-592
Brian S. Lowery, Sandra Graham
Law and Human Behavior
October 2004 Vol. 28 Issue 5 Pages 483-504

Teaching

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs
Develop best practices and insights to generate and lead innovation in your organization; then put theory into practice with real-world projects.
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​Bring effective team management and innovation to your company with actionable strategies, experiential team-based simulations, and design thinking.
Learn how to grow and scale your company in this year-long online program ​for CEOs and founders of established businesses in Africa and South Asia.
Evolve as a leader in an executive education program that reinvigorates and ramps up your professional journey.
Transform knowledge into impact and drive innovation in your organization with Stanford LEAD, our flagship online business program.

Service to the Profession

Member

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

Insights by Stanford Business

February 05, 2021
In this podcast episode, a publishing executive talks about decisions editors need to make to bring in more voices to tell our country’s authentic stories.
January 21, 2021
In this podcast episode, two historians discuss why our understanding of history continues to change and who decides what story gets told.
January 07, 2021
In this podcast episode, a racial equity movement leader discusses the art and science of building Black power.
December 11, 2020
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November 25, 2020
In this podcast episode, an expert explains the troubled history of Black banking, and how today’s racial wealth gap is rooted in centuries of discrimination.
November 12, 2020
In this podcast episode, political leaders Deval Patrick and Jeff Flake discuss what needs to be done to make progress toward democracy for all in the U.S.
November 06, 2020
In this podcast episode, we explore how good leaders can self reflect and better communicate to advance social justice.
October 29, 2020
In this podcast episode, an expert in racial and economic equity explains why ending discrimination is a democratic, economic, and national imperative.
October 15, 2020
Join Professor Brian Lowery as he sits down with prominent leaders for a series of conversations on the most pressing issues of today.
October 15, 2020
In this podcast episode, corporate diversity experts discuss the challenge of creating paths for inclusion.
June 16, 2020
From Hollywood to courtrooms to biased hiring practices, Stanford GSB experts analyze the breadth of racial discrimination — and how to grow beyond it.
July 27, 2016
One scholar shows how you can gain more power, and why you should be leery.
August 27, 2015
Research shows that white Americans, when faced with evidence of racial privilege, deny that they have benefited personally.
November 01, 2009
Research shows that implicit racial prejudices corresponded with a reluctance to vote for Barack Obama and with opposition to his health care plan.
January 01, 2008
Concern about group position and well-being can tilt peoples’ opinions against affirmative action policies, even if they want to help minorities.
January 01, 2008
Negative racial stereotypes affect even the most well-intentioned people, but research shows we can also be influenced for the better.

School News

August 06, 2020
If you want to move a business school’s curriculum online in a single weekend, you better practice what you teach.
May 29, 2020
Students chronicle their COVID-19 reflections to create a unique archive.
April 14, 2020
Students are taking advantage of new class offerings and preparing to lead in a transformed world.
October 30, 2019
Project-based courses pair students with external organizations to solve real-world business problems.
September 27, 2018
Considering the future of management education as we welcome students back to campus.
March 07, 2018
Get an exclusive MBA student’s-eye view as a mentor guides her squad through this intense one-day test of leadership skills.