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Erika Kirgios studies workplace diversity and inequality, with secondary interests in prosocial behavior and behavior change. She focuses primarily on race and gender in the workplace, drawing on insights from behavioral economics, judgment and decision-making, and organizational behavior to elucidate why inequality persists and to identify theoretically-grounded interventions that can improve outcomes for women and racial minorities. For example, she has investigated how, when, and why increasing the salience of diversity and identity—as opposed to hiding or obscuring identity—can benefit women and racial minorities. She also examines how features of human decision-making beyond stereotyping and bias (e.g., loss aversion, self-image concerns) can influence people's behavior towards marginalized group members. 

While Kirgios' research spans the lab and the field, she specializes in designing and running field experiments, which can offer a unique window into how psychological effects play out in organizational contexts. She has partnered with gyms, hospitals, non-profits, technology firms, governments, and start-ups. 

Kirgios' work has been published in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesNature Human Behaviour, NatureManagement Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Kirgios earned a PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to her doctoral studies at Wharton, she graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Computer Science, and minors in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience. 

Academic Areas

  • Behavioral Science

Working Papers

2023 - 2024 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
38902 Current Topics in Behavioral Science II 2024 (Winter)
38103 Strategies and Processes of Negotiation 2024 (Winter)
38601 Workshop in Behavioral Science 2024 (Spring)