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Nathan Pettit

Nathan Pettit

Joined Stern 2011

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-64
New York, NY 10012


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Nate Pettit is an Associate Professor of Management & Organizations and the Founding Director of Stern’s Leadership Accelerator. He currently teaches core and elective leadership courses in the full-time MBA program, Langone evening MBA program, NYC and DC Executive MBA programs, and the one-year focused MBA programs. Nate serves on the MBA core curriculum committee, Faculty Council, and as the faculty representative for the MBA student podcast, Stern Chats. Nate is also active in developing and delivering custom and open-enrollment executive education courses on leadership and team dynamics.

Nate's research broadly focuses on hierarchical dynamics and competition. His work has been published in management, psychology, and general science journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Psychological Science. He also currently serves on the editorial board of Academy of Management Discoveries and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Nate has won various awards for his research and teaching, included being named to Poets & Quants “40 most outstanding MBA professors under 40,” receiving Stern’s Distinguished Teaching Award (highest teaching honor at NYU Stern), and has twice been voted both “Professor of the Year” by MBA students and “Great Professor” by the graduating EMBA class.

Research Interests

  • Social hierarchy
  • Underdogs and favorites
  • Cross-cultural issues

Courses Taught

  • Leadership (Technology and Fashion & Luxury MBA)
  • Leadership in Organizations (NYC EMBA and full-time MBA)
  • Leadership Training for High Potential (DC EMBA)

Academic Background

Ph.D., Management, 2011
Cornell University

M.A., Social-Organizational Psychology, 2006
Columbia University

M.P.S., Statistics, 2003
Cornell University

B.S., Statistics, 2002
Cornell University

Related News & Research

Stern's Leadership Accelerator is spotlighted; Professor Nathan Pettit and Adjunct Professor Hannah Levinson are cited with MBA students Nicholas Arroyo, Neha Chopra, Erica Kaplan, Raghav Ramesh, and Jeevan Renjith and their coach, Professor Michael North

Getting Comfortable With the Uncomfortable: Natalie Ashbridge (MBA ’21) Details Her Experience With NYU Stern Leadership Accelerator’s Innovative First Live Case

Joint research from Professor Nathan Pettit addressing how social status changes over time and impacts work hierarchies is cited

Professor Nathan Pettit is profiled as part of BusinessBecause's "MBA Professors To Look Out For in 2020" list; Professor Pettit highlights the unique opportunity to create change at Stern and the School’s new Leadership Accelerator

New Research Finds an Opponent’s Positive Momentum May Cause You to Fail

Professor Nathan Pettit's new research on status momentum is mentioned

Professors Lisa Leslie and Nathan Pettit are quoted about their favorite movies for MBAs

Professors Lisa Leslie, Ilan Lobel and Nathan Pettit are named to the Poets & Quants "40 Most Outstanding MBA Professors Under 40" list

Professor Nathan Pettit's joint research on the connection between the purchase of high-status goods and self-esteem is featured

Professor Nathan Pettit's co-authored research on the impact of status in the workplace is featured

Prof. Nathan Pettit discusses his research on status-seeking

Prof. Nathan Pettit on new research on personality and workplace success

Prof. Nathan Pettit's research on status is featured

Prof. Nathan Pettit on status

Prof. Nathan Pettit on how status affects judgment

High-Status Individuals View the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

High-Status Individuals View the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Prof. Nathan Pettit's research on status is featured

Prof. Nathan Pettit's research on status is featured

Areas of Expertise


  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior