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 Behavior. Her dissertation addresses the question “When and why do people protect corrupt members in their group?” She examines the effects of self construal on tolerance of corruption, showing that interdependent individuals are more likely to protect those who engage in the corrupt behaviors, particularly when the corrupt act is perceived as group serving. Her research provides unique insights into the ways by which organizations can reduce deviance and corruption and promote ethical conduct.
Much of her research is broadly focused on two areas: 1) shaping of self construals through organizational roles, especially roles of power and leadership 2) impact of the self construals on personal decision making, role expectations of others, responses to deviance, and interpersonal communication. In her research, she uses multiple methodologies including behavioral laboratory studies, field studies, survey methodology, analysis of archival data, and meta-analytic and research synthesis techniques. Priyanka Joshi’s research findings have been published is leading journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


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.