University of Southern California

Sarah Townsend
Assistant Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA, MA, Stanford University


Sarah Townsend is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization. Her research focuses on how socially and culturally constructed beliefs shape (1) how people from diverse groups interact with each other, and (2) whether people thrive (vs. flounder) within various organizational settings. Using a multi-method approach to examine experiences of stress in these contexts, she measures people's cardiovascular and hormonal responses along with their self-reported thoughts and emotions and their overt behavior. Dr. Townsend's research has been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.