PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA, MA, Stanford University
Sarah Townsend is the Kenneth King Stonier Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Her research reveals the dysfunctional behaviors and physiological costs that can result when individuals’ cultural beliefs collide with the dominant cultural beliefs of organizations. She studies these “cultural divides” in the context of diversity in organizations, differences in meritocracy beliefs, social class, gender, and race. Her work demonstrates how cultural divides can be both a source of and solution to inequality. 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.