Gary D. Sherman

Stony Brook University, College of Business

Gary Sherman is an Associate Professor of Management at Stony Brook University. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Virginia. Before joining Stony Brook, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching and at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Dr. Sherman’s research explores (1) social hierarchy, leadership, and power, and (2) behavioral ethics, including the organizational conditions that encourage ethical behavior. His work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Economist, and the BBC.

Dr. Sherman was recently named one of the Best 40 under 40 Business Professors in the World by Poets & Quants.


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Recent or Ongoing Projects . . .

Does the generalized sense of power—the belief that one is able to influence others in one’s various social relationships—serve as a psychological resource that enables leadership in high-stakes, unfamiliar group challenges?

Does simply making a choice change the perceived acceptability of negative side effects? That is, do we believe negative side effects are more morally acceptable when they arise from continuing (vs. starting) a course of action?