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Dolly Chugh

Dolly Chugh

Joined Stern 2006

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-55
New York, NY 10012

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Dolly Chugh is an award-winning, tenured professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. She studies the psychology of good people, or “bounded ethicality”. Dolly teaches MBA courses in leadership, management, and negotiations. Additionally, she has taught at a men’s prison through the NYU Prison Education Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility, where she is currently running a book club.

Dolly’s research integrates the theories and methods of social psychology, behavioral economics, judgment and decision making, sociology, and education. Dolly has published more than 20 articles and book chapters on these topics in both top managerial and academic publications, such as the Harvard Business Review, Psychological Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Research in Organizational Behavior, and The American Economic Review.

Dolly’s first book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias (HarperCollins, 2018) has received acclaim from Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, Billie Jean King, Carol Dweck, David Thomas, and Angela Duckworth. Her recent speaking engagements have included Starbucks’ corporate headquarters, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Hollywood Commission on Sexual Harassment and Diversity chaired by Anita Hill. Dolly’s 2018 TED Talk was viewed more than 1.5 million times in its first month on-line and ranked as one of the 25 most popular TED Talks of the year. Dolly also writes a monthly column about race, gender, diversity, inclusion, and bias for

Dolly’s work has appeared in Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, What Works by Iris Bohnet and Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly, as well as a recent White House Council of Economic Advisors Issue Brief. She has appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC and Bloomberg News, as well as numerous podcasts, including Choiceology. Her research is regularly featured in numerous media outlets, including National Public Radio, NBC News, Quartz, goop,, Scientific American, Forbes, The Washington Post, CosmoGirl, The New York Times, The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Financial Times, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her first-authored Sunday New York Times Op-Ed, titled “Professors Are Prejudiced, Too” (with Katherine Milkman and Modupe Akinola), was in that weekend’s Top 20 most-emailed/read/tweeted articles.

Dolly has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics (a list that included Pope Francis, Angelina Jolie, and Bill Gates) by Ethisphere Magazine, a finalist for the Faculty Rising Star Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute, and the recipient of the prestigious New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award (whose past recipients include Bryan Stevenson). As one of the most highly rated business school professors at New York University, she received the Stern School of Business Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.

Prior to becoming an academic, Dolly worked at Morgan Stanley, Time Inc., Scholastic, and Merrill Lynch. Dolly received a B.A. from Cornell University, where she earned a double major in Psychology and Economics and served as a two-time co-captain of the Varsity Tennis Team (1990); an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (1994); and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior / Social Psychology from Harvard University (2006).

In addition, Dolly has played a central role as a faculty member in the KIPP Charter School network's renowned School Leadership Programs since 2008. She also mentors several first-generation college students and their families.

Research Interests

  • Bounded Ethicality
  • Bounded Awareness
  • Implicit Bias
  • Race and Gender
  • Negotiations

Courses Taught

  • Collaboration, Conflict, and Negotiation
  • Developing Managerial Skills
  • Leadership in Organizations

Academic Background

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, 2006
Harvard University

M.A, Social Psychology, 2003
Harvard Business School

M.B.A, General Management, 1994
Harvard Business School

B.A., Psychology, Economics, 1990
Cornell University

Selected Publications

Chang, E., Milkman, K., Chugh, D., & Akinola, M. (2019)
Diversity Thresholds: How Social Norms, Visibility, and Scrutiny Relate to Group Composition
Academy of Management Journal, 62(1), 144-171

Chugh, D. (2018)
The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias
New York: HarperCollins

Chugh, D. & Kern, M.C. (2016)
Ethical Learning: Releasing the Moral Unicorn. In Palmer, D.A., Greenwood, R., & Smith-Crowe, K (Eds.) Organizational Wrongdoing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chugh, D., & Kern, M.C. (2016)
A Dynamic and Cyclical Model of Bounded Ethicality. Research in Organizational Behavior, 36.

Tenbrunsel, A. & Chugh, D. (2015)
Behavioral Ethics: A Study of Increased Breadth and Depth. Current Opinions in Psychology, 6, 205-

Rattan, A., Savani, K., Chugh, D. & Dweck, C. (2015)
Leveraging Mindsets to Promote Academic Achievement: Policy Recommendations. Invited Submission for special issue (Topic: What if the President had a Council of Psychological Advisors?) of Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(6), 721-726.

Milkman, K.L., Akinola, M., & Chugh, D. (2015)
What Happens Before? A Field Experiment Exploring How Pay and Representation Differentially Shape Bias on the Pathway into Organizations. Journal of Applied Psychology.

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Areas of Expertise


  • Negotiation