Joe C. Magee

Joe C. Magee

Joined Stern 2004

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012


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Joe Magee, Professor of Management and Organizations, joined New York University Stern School of Business in September 2004. Professor Magee's research revolves around the roles of hierarchy in organizations and society. He has investigated how power differences transform the way people think and behave and how people figure out who has power over whom. Professor Magee and his colleagues discovered a series of reliable changes in the psychology of power-holders that seem to be potentially damaging for relationships and organizations but, under certain conditions, actually can contribute to interpersonal and organizational effectiveness. He has also published on the social role of emotion.

Professor Magee is also affiliated with NYU's Psychology Department and Wagner School of Public Service.

Research Interests

  • Psychology of power
  • Foundations of social hierarchy
  • Social role of emotion

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Research in Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Power and Professional Influence

Academic Background

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, 2004
Stanford University

A.B., Psychology, 1996
University of Michigan

Awards & Appointments

Association of Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star 2011
Academy of Management, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division Best Paper Award 2009
Eastern Academy of Management Outstanding Empirical Paper Award 2008

Selected Publications

Rucker, D. D., Galinsky, A. D., & Magee, J. C. (2018)
The agentic-communal model of advantage and disadvantage: How inequality produces similarities in the psychology of power, social class, gender, and race.
J. M. Olson (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 58, pp. 71-125). Cambridge, MA

Rothman, N. B., & Magee, J. C. (2016)
Affective expressions in groups and inferences about members’ relational well-being: The effects of socially engaging and disengaging emotions
Cognition and Emotion, 30, 150-166

Waytz, A., Chou, E. Y., Magee, J. C., & Galinsky, A. D. (2015)
Not so lonely at the top: The relationship between power and loneliness
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 130, 69-78

West, T. V., Magee, J. C., Gordon, S. H., & Gullett, L. (2014)
A little similarity goes a long way: The effects of peripheral but self-revealing similarities on improving and sustaining interracial relationships
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 81-100

Galinsky, A. D., Magee, J. C., Rus, D., Rothman, N. B., & Todd, A. R (2014)
Acceleration with steering: The synergistic benefits of combining power with perspective-taking
Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 627-635

Magee, J. C., & Smith, P. K. (2013)
The social distance theory of power
Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17, 158-186