Laura Kray

Laura Kray

Professor | Warren E. and Carol Spieker Chair in Leadership
Management of Organizations

Leading expert on gender in the workplace


Laura Kray is the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership at Berkeley Haas, where she has been on the faculty since 2002. Kray’s research examines the effects of gender stereotypes and motivated cognition on women’s careers. Her work has been supported multiple times by the National Science Foundation and has been recognized with multiple best research awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management. Her research has been featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Washington Post, New Yorker, NPR, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Financial Times, Slate, Forbes, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Scientific American, Businessweek, and Time.

In 2008, she founded the Women’s Executive Leadership Program of Berkeley Executive Education, and she has been the faculty director ever since. Currently, she is faculty director of Berkeley Haas’ Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership. In 2018, she was elected a fellow to both the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. From 2017 to 2018, she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she began work aimed at debunking common myths about the gender pay gap.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Negotiations
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Motivated Cognition
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Social Justice
  • Counterfactual Reasoning
  • Meaning in Life