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 www.LeanIn.org
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.