Melissa Thomas-Hunt

Associate Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy
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Office Location/Room Number
Darden School of Business/FOB 285
Curriculum Vitae
Education & Training
Ph.D. Organizational Behavior, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 1997
M.S. Organizational Behavior, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, 1995
B.S. Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1989
Courses Taught
Bargaining and Negotiating
Women Emerging in Leadership

Melissa Thomas-Hunt’s research activities focus on leveraging knowledge in teams, conflict management, and negotiation and influence processes. Her current research examines the contribution of expertise within diverse groups, and the effects of status and power on negotiation processes and outcomes and factors that impact women’ advancement in workplaces. She is an original contributor at

Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Management Science, Research on Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Social Justice Research, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Research on Managing Groups and Teams.

Thomas-Hunt came to the University of Virginia from a position as a tenured associate professor at Cornell’s Johnson School. She has also taught at the Stanford University’s GSB, the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and Northwestern’s Kellogg’s School of Management.

She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as an account marketing representative at IBM.