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Dolly Chugh

Dolly Chugh

Dolly Chugh is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the New York University Stern School of Business[1].


Dolly Chugh is an Associate Professor in the Management and Organizations Department at New York University Stern School of Business. Her research focuses on the psychological constraints on the quality of decision-making with ethical import, a phenomenon known as "bounded ethicality" (Chugh, Banaji and Bazerman, 2005). Professor Chugh currently teaches MBA courses in leadership, management and negotiations. Additionally, she has taught at a men’s prison through the NYU Prison Education Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility[2], where she is currently running a Book club.

Academic Background

Professor Chugh received a BA from Cornell University[3] where she earned a double major in Psychology and Economics and served as a two-time co-captain of the Varsity Tennis Team (1990), an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1994) and a PhD in Organizational behavior / Social psychology from Harvard University (2006).

Research Interests

Her research integrates the theories and methods of Social psychology, Behavioral economics, judgment and Decision-making, Sociology and Education. Professor Chugh has published more than 20 articles and book chapters on these topics in both top managerial and academic publications, such as the Harvard Business Review, Psychological Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Research in Organizational Behavior and The American Economic Review[4].

Professional Life

Professor Chugh is committed to teaching and mentoring both within and outside the MBA community.

She is a faculty member in the Kipp Charter School network's renowned School Leadership Program through which she has taught approximately 1000 current and future principals of schools in under-served communities. Prior to her decision to pursue an academic career of teaching and research, Professor Chugh worked in both professional services and line manager roles at Morgan Stanley, Sibson & Company, Time Inc.., Scholastic Inc. and Merrill Lynch.


Her first book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias (HarperCollins, 2018) has received acclaim from Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Daniel H. Pink, Billie Jean King, Carol Dweck, David Thomas and Angela Duckworth. Her recent speaking engagements have included Starbucks’ corporate headquarters, the American Museum of Natural History and the Hollywood Commission on Sexual Harassment and Diversity chaired by Anita Hill. Professor Chugh's 2018 TED Talk was viewed more than 1.5 million times in its first month online and ranked as one of the 25 most popular TED Talks of the year. She also writes a monthly column about race, gender, diversity, inclusion and bias for Forbes.com.

Chang, E., Milkman, K., Chugh, D., & Akinola, M. (2019) Diversity Thresholds: How Social Norms, Visibility, and Scrutiny Relate to Group Composition Academy of Management Journal, 62(1), 144-171

Chugh, D. (2018) The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias New York: Harper Collins[5]

Chugh, D. & Kern, M.C. (2016) Ethical Learning: Releasing the Moral Unicorn.

In Palmer, D.A., Greenwood, R., & Smith-Crowe, K (Eds.) Organizational Wrongdoing.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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