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 (she/her, hear my name) is a social psychologist and management professor at the New York University Stern School of Business where she teaches MBA courses in leadership and management. Because of Dolly’s teaching skills, she was one of six professors chosen from thousands at New York University to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020 and one of five to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award in 2013.

Dolly’s research focuses on “bounded ethicality,” which she describes as the “psychology of good people.” Her work has been published in the leading psychology, economics, and management journals, and cited by many books and authors. She has been named an SPSP Fellow, received the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper award, been named one of the top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine, and received many other research honors.

Dolly is best known for her two books The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias (HarperCollins, 2018) and A More Just Future: Psychological Tools for Reckoning with our Past and Driving Social Change (Simon & Schuster, 2022).

Her work has received rave praise from Adam Grant, Angela Lee Duckworth, Liz Wiseman, Billie Jean King, Kenji Yoshino, and many others. It has been covered on the TODAY Show, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the 10% Happier Podcast, the goop Podcast, NPR, Dr. Phil, and other media outlets.

Dolly’s TED Talk was named one of the 25 Most Popular TED Talks of 2018 and currently has almost 5 million views.

Prior to becoming an academic, Dolly worked at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Sibson and Company, Scholastic, and Time Inc. Dolly attended Cornell University where she majored in psychology and economics for her undergraduate degree and Harvard University for her MBA and PhD.

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

  • Collaboration, Conflict & Negotiation
  • Developing Managerial Skills
  • Leadership In Organizations
  • Leadership Skills

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

Awards & Appointments

Siena Medal Theta Phi Alpha 2021
Best Paper Award Academy of Management Journal 2020
Distinguished Teaching Award New York University 2020
Action Book Club selection 2018
Top 25 TED Talks of 2018 2018
Favorite Books of 2018 The Greater Good Magazine 2018
Next Big Idea Club finalist 2018
SPSP Fellow Society of Personality and Social Psychology 2018
Nominee, Stern MBA Professor of the Year NYU Stern School of Business 2015
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School Hall of Honor 2015
Teaching Excellence Award Stern School of Business 2015
Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics 2014
Nominee, Stern MBA Professor of the Year NYU Stern School of Business 2014
SSRN Honor, Co-Author of One of the 2014
Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics Ethisphere Magazine 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award New York University 2013
Russell Sage Foundation Small Grant in Behavioral Economics Research 2010
Finalist, Faculty Pioneer, Rising Star Category Aspen Institute 2010
Nominee, Stern MBA Professor of the Year NYU Stern School of Business 2009
Finalist, Faculty Pioneer, Rising Star Category Aspen Institute 2009

Selected Publications

Lucas, B., Giurge, L., Berry, Z., and Chugh, D (2021)
A longer shortlist increases the consideration of female candidates in male-dominant domains

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.

Desai, S., Chugh, D., & Brief, A (2014)
The Implications of Marriage Structure for Men’s Workplace Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors toward Women
Administrative Science Quarterly, 59(2), 330-365

Chugh, D., Kern, M.C., Zhu, Z., & Lee, S (2014)
Withstanding Moral Disengagement: Attachment Security as an Ethical Intervention
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 88-93. [first two authors contributed equally]