Charleen R. Case
Faculty Associate, Center for Positive Organizations
Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
University of Michigan
Charleen R. Case, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business who applies an evolutionary-informed approach to the study of social hierarchy, leadership, mentorship, and coalitionary behavior. The primary goal of her research is to explore how our deep-seated drive for social connection sometimes comes into conflict with hierarchical reality in which many of our relationships are embedded. Much of her work examines individual differences in status striving, influence strategies, and other motivational tendencies, with a focus on uncovering how certain motives shape the thoughts, emotions, and social behavior of both high and low status group members. Her work has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, and Current Opinion in Psychology, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, and The Boston Globe.