Vivian Xiao

Vivian Xiao
PhD Student, Organizational Behavior
PhD Program Office Graduate School of Business Stanford University 655 Knight Way Stanford, CA 94305

Vivian Xiao

Vivian Xiao is a rising sixth year Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behavior at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Her work explores how race and gender interact to impact a wide range of social and organizational outcomes. Current work includes how race impacts evaluations of woman leaders, when and how opportunities for voicing are linked to greater feelings of inclusion among women and racial minority workers, and how the content of gender role expectations varies within different racial groups. Vivian’s dissertation focuses on how the racial group memberships of evaluators and targets jointly affect evaluations of women’s gendered behavior. She finds that women of all races receive more backlash for violating gender norms from racial in-group members than racial out-group members, and explores the implications of this work in the context of accusations of sexual assault, political behavior, and leader evaluation.

Research Interests

  • Social hierarchy
  • Intersectionality
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership