Professor and Distinguished University Scholar Teacher, University of Maryland

Dr. Michele J. Gelfand is Professor of Psychology and affiliate of the RH Smith School of Business and is a Distinguished University Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gelfand's work focuses on cultural influences on conflict, negotiation, justice, and revenge; workplace diversity and discrimination; and theory and methods in cross-cultural management. Her work has been published in top outlets such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, PLOS 1, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Annual Review of Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, among others. Her work has been cited over 10,000 times (google scholar).

Gelfand is the co-editor of The Handbook of Negotiation and Culture (with Jeanne Brett, Stanford University Press) and The Psychology of Conflict and Conflict Management in Organizations (with Carsten De Dreu, Erlbaum) and is the founding co-editor of the Advances in Culture and Psychology annual series and Frontiers of Culture and Psychology series (with CY Chiu and Ying-Yi Hong, Oxford University Press). She is the Past President of the International Association for Conflict Management, Past Division Chair of the Conflict Division of the Academy of Management, and Past Treasurer of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. She received the LL Cummings Career award from the Academy of Management and the Ernest J. McCormick Award for Early Career Contributions from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has won a number of other awards for her work, including the most recent Annaliese Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which was given to 7 scientists worldwide for outstanding contributions in their fields. Her work that was published in Science was honored with the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for the best paper published 2011. She recently received the 2016 Diener award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology which honors a mid-career scholar who has made major contributions to social psychology (

Gelfand is an elected fellow of the Academy of Management, Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, the Society for Organizational Behavior, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Society of I/O Psychology, and is a member of the Cosmo’s Club in Washington D. C. She has received over 10 million dollars in funding to conduct research on culture and negotiation and conflict all over the globe, including a Multi-University Research Initiative on Conflict and Negotiation in the Middle East. She teaches courses and does consulting on negotiation and cross-cultural management.

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  • 1996–present
    Professor and Distinguished University Scholar Teacher, University of Maryland