University of Southern California

Priyanka Joshi
Ph.D. student in Management and Organization

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

MA, University of Northern Iowa; MA, University of Mumbai; BA, St. Xavier's College


Priyanka Joshi is a student in Management and Organizations. She is interested in examining the effects of interpersonal distance on communication, social judgments, and decision making. Some of the questions that she is addressing in her ongoing research include:
How do speakers tailor their messages to address a distant audience?, a question that has increasing relevance due to the growing use of technology assisted communication in organizations.
How does women's experience of interpersonal intimacy in communication contexts influence their use of linguistic abstraction? What are the implications of gender differences in speech for women's success in hiring interviews and pitching enterpreneurial ideas?
How does feeling of connection with one's group members influence moral judgments?
To address these research questions, Priyanka used multiple methodologies including laboratory experiments, field studies, surveys, analysis of archival data, and meta-analytic techniques. Her research findings have been published in leading journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Social and Personality Psychology Science.


Joshi, P., and Wakslak, C. J. (2014) "Communicating with the crowd: Speakers use abstract messages when addressing larger audiences," Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 351-362.
Fast, N., and Joshi, P., "Decision Making at the Top: Benefits and Barriers," in Cheng, J., Tracy, J., and Anderson, C., eds., The Psychology of Social Status 2014.
Joshi, P., and Fast, N. (2013) "I Am My (High-Power) Role: Power as a Determinant of Role Identification," Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 898-910.
Joshi, P., and Fast, N. (2013) "Power and Reduced Temporal Discounting," Psychological Science, 24, 432-438.