Michele J. Gelfand

Professor of Psychology

University of Maryland, College Park

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I am Professor of Psychology and Affiliate of the RH Smith School of Business and lead a diverse group of scholars within the Social Decision Making and Organizational Science area at the University of Maryland, College Park. Under my direction, this group studies phenomenon relating to the strength of cultural norms and cultural values, negotiation, conflict, revenge, and forgiveness, and diversity. More recently, I have branched into the study of subjective culture in the Middle East, and have founded a growing research program on tightness-looseness. My philosophy is to incorporate as many disciplinary perspectives in my work, and we work with computer scientists, neuroscientists, political scientists, and increasingly biologists to understand all things cultural. Check out the group here, and find out how to get involved here.


Recent News - Read about other news items here
Gelfand is named Distinguished University Professor. Also received the 2017 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the APA and the 2017 Academy of Management Conflict Management Most Influential Paper Award.


Gelfand becomes a senior fellow at ARTIS, a science policy group focused on conflict areas, and accepts a research associate position at Oxford University's School of Anthropology.

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See our 2016 special issue on Culture and Psychology in Current Opinion in Psychology

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Gelfand wins SPSP Deiner award. Gave keynote address at the 2016 International Congress of Psychology in Japan and invited address at the 2016 APS convention in Chicago. Will be giving a keynote at the Canadian Psychological Association, June 2017

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Gelfand's book with Mansour Moaddel, Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring was published in Spring of 2017 by Oxford University Press

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Read Gelfand's 2016 Nature Scientific Reports model of mobility and ethnocentrism

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Read new paper on Tightness-Looseness and consumer behavior in JCP.

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Read the 2015 JOB paper on culture and "getting to yes" or see the press release.

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Read Gelfand's 2017 paper "When Time is Not Money: Why Americans May Lose Out at the Negotiation Table" in Academy of Management Discoveries.

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Read Gelfand's 2015 PNAS paper on neural detection of social norm violations across cultures

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Read Gelfand's 2017 JAP paper: Cross-Cultural Industrial Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior: A Hundred-Year Journey

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The Honor Dictionary is now available for download! Learn more here.


Selection of Papers
Gelfand et al. (2011). 33-nation Study on Tightness-Looseness. Science

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Roos et al. (2014). The Evolution of Third Party Punishment. The Royal Society B

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Roos et al. (2015). Modeling Threat and Norm Strength. OBDHP

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Harrington & Gelfand (2014). Tightness-Looseness Across the 50 States. PNAS

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Triandis & Gelfand (1998). Measures of Horizontal and Vertical Individualism and Collectivism. JPSP

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Gelfand et al. (2012). Conflict Cultures in Organizations: How Leaders Shape Conflict Cultures. JAP

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Harrington, Boski, & Gelfand (2015). Culture and National Well-Being. PLOS ONE

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Lyons-Padilla, Gelfand, Mirahmadi, Farooq, & van Egmond (2015). Mirginalization & Radicalization among Muslim Immigrants. See also Gelfand's 2017 NY Times Op Ed on immigration and radicalization here.

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Recent Op Eds
"Why United's Culture Needs to Loosen Up"

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"Explaining Faultlines in Europe"

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"Trump and the Tightening of the American Mind"

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Contact

Feel free to contact me with the provided information. I will do my best to reply in a timely manner.

  • 3147C Biology/Psychology Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • 301 405 6972
  • mgelfand@umd.edu
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