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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 and Organizations. He currently teaches the core course "Leadership in Organizations" in the full-time MBA program, having previously taught undergraduate and PhD students at Stern. He serves on the advisory council of the Leadership Development Program and is the faculty representative for the MBA student podcast, Stern Chats. Professor Pettit is also active in developing and delivering custom executive education short courses and seminars on leadership, culture, team dynamics, conflict, motivation, and group decision making.

Professor Pettit's research focuses on status dynamics, competition, and cross-cultural psychology. His work has been published in multiple management and psychology journals as well as featured in a variety of media outlets. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, included recently being named to Poets and Quants “40 most outstanding MBA professors under 40,” best paper awards at both the Academy of Management and INGRoup conferences, and the Stern Distinguished Teaching Award.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Pettit taught "Leading Teams" while completing his PhD at Cornell University.

Research Interests

  • Status and social hierarchy
  • Competition
  • Intergroup relations

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Seminar in Organizational Behavior (PhD)
  • Leadership (full-time MBA)
  • Leadership in Organizations (full-time MBA and Tech MBA)
  • Management in Organizations (UG)

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

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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

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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 on status

Prof. Nathan Pettit's research on status is featured

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