L. Taylor Phillips

L. Taylor Phillips

Joined Stern 2016

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street, 719
New York, NY 10012

E-mail ltp2@stern.nyu.edu
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L. Taylor Phillips joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations in July 2016.

Professor Phillips’ research investigates diversity and hierarchy management. Her work focuses on engaging traditionally privileged groups in diversity efforts and identifying methods to increase cooperation between the advantaged and disadvantaged. She also explores the role advantaging processes play in determining employee and organizational outcomes. She has published research in leading management and psychology journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Research in Organizational Behavior. Professor Phillips' work has also been covered by a variety of media outlets, including NPR and Stanford GSB Insights.

She received a B.A. in Psychology and Human Biology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Research Interests

  • Privilege
  • Inequality
  • Diversity, Inclusion, D&I
  • Race, gender, social class
  • Culture
  • Hierarchy & power

Courses Taught

  • Management and Organizations
  • Research Methods

Academic Background

Ph.D., Business Administration
Stanford University

B.A., Psychology and Human Biology
Stanford University

Awards & Appointments

Rising Star Early Career Award Association for Psychological Science 2021
Best Undergraduate Professors Poets &Quants 2020
SPARQ Faculty Affiliate Stanford University 2018
Early Career Scholar Speaker Social Class Pre-Conference, Society for Personality & Social Psychology 2016
Early Career Scholar Speaker Group Process & Intergroup Relations, Society for Personality & Social Psychology 2015
DARE Doctoral Fellowship (Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence) Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University 2014
Graduate Voice and Influence Program Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University 2014
SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions) Stanford University 2013
Graduate Research Fellowship Program National Science Foundation 2011

Selected Publications

Tomova Shakur, T.K., & Phillips, L.T. (2022)
What counts as discrimination? How principles of merit shape fairness of demographic decisions.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Phillips, L.T. & Jun, S. (2021)
Why benefiting from discrimination is less recognized as discrimination
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Alt, N. & Phillips, L.T. (2021)
Person perception, meet people perception: Exploring the social vision of groups
Perspectives on Psychological Science

Craig, M.A. & Phillips, L.T. (2021)
Group-based hierarchies of power and status
In L. Huddy, D. O. Sears, J. S. Levy, & J. Jerit (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Psycholog

Anicich, E.M., Jachimowicz, J.M., *Osborne, M., &, Phillips, L.T. (2021)
Structuring local environments to avoid racial diversity: Anxiety drives Whites’ geographical and institutional self-segregation preferences
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 95, 104-117

Phillips, L.T. & Lowery, B.S. (2020)
I ain’t no fortunate one: On the motivated denial of class privilege
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119, 1403-1422.

Phillips, L.T., Stephens, N.M, Townsend, S.S.M., & Goudeau, S. (2020)
Access is not enough: Cultural mismatch persists to limit first-generation students’ opportunities for achievement throughout college
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119, 1112-1131.

Phillips, L.T. Martin, S.R., & Belmi, P. (2020)
Social class transitions: Three guiding questions for moving the study of class to a dynamic perspective
Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14, e12560.

Zitek, E.M., & Phillips, L.T. (2020)
Ease and control: The cognitive benefits of hierarchy
Current Opinion in Psychology, 33, 131-135.

Phillips, L.T., & Lowery, B.S. (2018)
Herd invisibility: The psychology of racial privilege
Current Directions in Psychological Science, 27, 156-162.

Areas of Expertise


  • Corporate Culture
  • Decision Making & Policy
  • Diversity, Inclusion, D&I
  • Hierarchy Management
  • Inequality
  • Privilege
  • Race, Gender, Social Class
  • Social Psychology