Aneeta Rattan

London Business School

Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SA


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Academic Appointments

London Business School                                                                   

Associate Professor with Tenure, Organisational Behaviour             2019-present

(awarded early tenure)

Assistant Professor, Organisational Behaviour                                  2013-2019


Postdoctoral Research Scholar                                                         

2011 – 2013

Department of Psychology, Stanford University

with Nalini Ambady


Stanford University                                                                           

Ph.D., September 2011

M.A., September 2007

Department of Psychology (Social Area)                                         


Dissertation: Believe the change you wish to see in the world: The role of implicit theories in targets’ responses to explicit bias.


Columbia University                                                                          

B.A., May 2003

Major: Psychology, Minor: English Literature

Research Interests

Keywords: intergroup relations, implicit theories, mindsets, underrepresentation, prejudice confrontation, sense of belonging, inequality, race, gender, LGBTQ, organizations, education. 


Short Summary: My research interests focus on lay theories and intergroup relations (stereotyping, prejudice, and inequity). In one program of research, I study mindsets that promote belonging, commitment, and achievement among minorities and women in industries where they are underrepresented and negatively stereotyped. In another program of research, I investigate how mindsets shape individuals’, organizations’, and societies’ ability to foster positive interactions among diverse group members (across gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation status), particularly after incidents of explicit bias.

Formal Advisees

Eva Lin (2nd year Ph.D. student)


Ezgi Ozgumus (3rd year Ph.D. student)


Oriane Georgeac, Ph.D. (2020, now faculty of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management)


Lily Jampol, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow, Newton International Fellowship 2015-2017, now Head of People Science at ReadySet) 

Publications (in reverse chronological order)

Murphy, M., Mejia, A., Mejia, J., Yan, X., Cheryan, S., Dasgupta, N., Destin, M., Fryberg, S., Garcia, J.A., Haines, E.L., Harackiewicz, J., Ledgerwood, A., Moss-Racusin, C.A., Park, L.E., Perry, S.P., Ratliff, K.A., Rattan, A., Sanchez, D.T., Savani, K., Sekaquaptewa, D., Smith, J.L., Taylor, V.T., Thoman, D.B., Wout, D.A., Mabry, P.L., Ressl, S., Diekman, A., Pestilli, F. (2020). Open science, communal culture, and women's participation in the movement to improve science. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, 117(39), 24154-24164.


Brands, R. & Rattan, A. (2020). Use Your Social Network as a Tool for Social Justice. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, July 13. 


Brands, R. & Rattan, A. (2020). Perceived Centrality in Social Networks Increases Women’s Expectations of Confronting Sexism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. DOI:0146167220912621.


Rattan, A., Chilazi, S., Georgeac, O., & Bohnet, I. (2019). Tackling the Underrepresentation of Women in the Media. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, June 6. 


Georgeac, O. & Rattan, A. (2019). Progress in women’s representation in top leadership weakens people’s disturbance with gender inequality in other domains. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148, 1435-1453. 

•    Finalist for the 2020 Responsible Research in Management Award, Academy of Management


Georgeac, O. & Rattan, A. (2019). When People See More Women at the Top, They’re Less Concerned About Gender Inequality Elsewhere. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, March 8. 


Rattan, A. (2019). How lay theories (or mindsets) shape the confrontation of prejudice. In R.K. Mallett & M.J. Monteith (Eds.) Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination: The Science of Changing Minds and Behaviors. Elsevier. 


Madan, S., Basu, S., Rattan, A., & Savani, K. (2019). Support for Resettling Refugees: The Role of Fixed Versus Growth Mind-Sets. Psychological science, DOI: 0956797618813561. 

•    Top 20 finalist for the 2020 Research Prize in Public Interest Communications, Center for Public Interest Communications


Georgeac, O.*, Rattan, A.*, & Effron, D. (2018). Did the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Influence Gender Bias in the U.S.? Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550618776624 


Rattan, A., Savani, S., Komarraju, M., Morrison, M., Boggs, C.L., & Ambady, N. (2018). Meta-lay theories of scientific potential drive STEM sense of belonging. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 54-75. 


Rattan, A. (2018). When confronting a biased comment can increase your sense of belonging at work. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, May 4. 


Rattan, A. & Dweck, C.S. (2018). What happens after prejudice in the workplace? How minorities’ mindsets affect their outlook on future social relations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103, 676-687. 


Wilton, L., Rattan, A., & Sanchez, D. (2017). White’s perceptions of biracial individuals’ race shift when biracials speak out against bias. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550617731497. 


Savani, K.*, Rattan, A.*, & Dweck, C. (2017). Is education a fundamental right or a scarce resource? Beliefs about intellectual potential shape people’s positions on education. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 0146167217711935. 


Rattan, A., Steele, J., & Ambady, N. (2017). Identical applicant but different outcomes: The impact of gender versus race salience in hiring. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 1368430217722035. 


Brands, R.A., Rattan, A., Ibarra, H. (2017). Underrepresentation, social networks, and sense of belonging to organizational leadership domains. Academy of Management Proceedings, 1, 12798. 


Rattan, A. & Georgeac, O. (2017). Understanding intergroup relations through the lens of implicit theories (mindsets) of malleability. Social Personality Psychology Compass. 


Rattan, A. & Georgeac, O. (2017). Mindsets about malleability and intergroup relations. (pg. 127-156). In C. Zedelius, B. Mueller, J. Schooler (Eds.). The Science of Lay Theories – How Beliefs Shape Our Cognition, Behavior, and Health. Springer. 


Rattan, A., Savani, K., Chugh, D., Dweck, C.S. (2015). Leveraging mindsets to promote academic achievement: Policy recommendations. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 721-726. 


Rattan, A. & Ambady, N. (2014). How “It gets better”: Effectively communicating support to targets of prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 555-566. 


Rattan, A. & Ambady, N. (2013). Diversity ideologies and intergroup relations: An Examination of Colorblindness and Multiculturalism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 12-21. 


Rattan, A.*, Savani, K.*, Naidu, N.V. R., & Dweck, C.S. (2012). Can Everyone Become Intelligent? Belief in a Universal Potential for Intelligence Increases Support for Affirmative Action and Educational Equality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 787-803. 


Savani, K.S.* & Rattan, A.* (2012). Explaining Americans' acceptance and maintenance of wealth inequality. Psychological Science, 7, 796-804. 


Rattan, A., Levine, C.S., Dweck, C.S., Eberhardt, J.L. (2012). Race and the Fragility of the Legal Distinction between Juveniles and Adults. PLoS ONE, 7, e36680. 


Carr, P.B., Rattan, A., & Dweck, C.S. (2012). Implicit Theories Shape Intergroup Relations. In P. Devine and A. Plant (Eds.) Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 127-165. 


Rattan, A., Good, C., & Dweck, C.S. (2012). “It’s ok - not everyone can be good at math:”

Instructors with an entity theory comfort (and demotivate) students. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 731-737. 


Good, C., Rattan, A., & Dweck, C.S. (2012). Why Do Women Opt Out? Sense of Belonging and Women’s Representation in Mathematics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 700-717. 


London, B., Romero-Canyas, R., Downey, G., Rattan, A., & Tyson, D. (2012). Sensitivity to Gender-Based Rejection: Implications for psychological well-being and coping. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 961-979. 


Rattan, A. & Dweck, C.S. (2010). Who confronts prejudice? The role of implicit theories in the motivation to confront prejudice. Psychological Science, 21, 952-959. 


Rattan, A. & Eberhardt, J.L. (2010). The role of social meaning in inattentional blindness: When the gorillas in our midst do not go unseen. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 1085-1088. 

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