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Sean Fath
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Sean Fath

Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior


Sean Fath is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Cornell's ILR School. Broadly, Sean’s research explores the ways that people form impressions of others in organizational settings as well as the impact of group membership and ideology on people’s preferences for inequality and hierarchy in organizations and society. Sean's research has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.

Before coming to Cornell, Sean received his Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Duke University.

Teaching Statement

Current Teaching:
Understanding and Improving Decision Making (ILROB 3240)
Understanding and Improving Decision Making (ILROB 5285)
Judgment and Decision Making (ILROB 7245)


Journal Articles

  • Sean Fath, Richard P Larrick, Jack B Soll, Susan Zhu. 2021. Putting on blinders to size people up, Sloan Management Review . 62(4):38-45.
  • James G Matusik, Rebecca L Mitchell, Nicholas A Hays, Sean Fath, John R Hollenbeck. 2021. The highs and lows of hierarchy in multiteam systems, Academy of Management Journal .
  • Devon Proudfoot, Sean Fath. 2020. Signaling Creative Genius: How Perceived Social Connectedness Influences Judgments of Creative Potential, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin . (DOI:10.1177/0146167220936061)
  • Sean Fath, Aaron C Kay. 2018. "If hierarchical, then corrupt": Exploring people's tendency to associate hierarchy with corruption in organizations., Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes . 149:145-164.
  • Sean Fath, Devon Proudfoot, Aaron C Kay. 2017. Effective to a fault: Organizational structure predicts attitudes toward minority organizations., Journal of Experimental Social Psychology . 73:290-297.
  • Alia J Crum, Modupe Akinola, Ashley Martin, Sean Fath. 2017. The role of stress mindset in shaping cognitive, emotional, and physiological responses to challenging and threatening stress., Anxiety, Stress, & Coping . 30(4):379-395.