Dolly Chugh
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Dr. Dolly Chugh is an award-winning tenured Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Stern School of Business, New York University, where she is highly committed to fostering leadership and thoughtful reflection in the Stern MBA community. In 2013, Dolly received the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, awarded by the Provost to NYU faculty who exemplify the social justice spirit of Dr. King and in 2015, she received the NYU Stern Excellence in Teaching Award (selected by a faculty committee). She has been nominated for Professor of the Year by the MBA students multiple times, and her teaching has been mentioned by Stern alumni when interviewed by the media about their achievements (e.g. Financial Times, Poets and Geeks).

Dolly’s research integrates the theories and methods of social psychology, behavioral economics, judgement and decision making, sociology and education. Since 2001, Dolly has studied how and why most of us, however well-intended, are still prone to unintentional forms of unethical behavior and bias (“bounded ethicality”). Her newest research stream focuses on barriers (e.g. psychological, economic, structural) to educational achievement and access for underrepresented and low-income students, and interventions to overcome these barriers. Dolly has written on these topics in top managerial and academic publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Psychological Science, Social Justice Research, The American Economic Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. She and/or her research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including National Public Radio, NBC News, Scientific American, Forbes, Washington Post, CosmoGirl, The New York Times, the Economist, Huffington Post, Financial Times, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her work also appears in cutting edge books such as Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and she has appeared live on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC. Her research was also mentioned in the August 2015 White House Council of Economic Advisers Issue Brief (August 2015) on the topic of Women in Business.

In 2014, Dolly was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine. The same year, her paper about bias in higher education (with Katy Milkman and Modupe Akinola) was in the “Top 10 Most Downloaded Papers of 2014” at (the leading open-access academic repository) and her first-authored Sunday New York Times Op-Ed was in the Top 20 most-emailed, most-read, and most-tweeted articles by NYT readers in the 24 hours after it was posted.

In addition to her full-time role at Stern, Dolly has also played an important part-time role as a faculty member in the KIPP Charter School network’s renowned School Leadership Program. Through this work, Dolly has had the privilege of facilitating the leadership development of approximately 1000 foundation-, region-, and school-level educational leaders since 2008, who are collectively serving over 60,000 K-12 students in underserved communities, many of whom are defying the odds to become the first in their families to go to college.

Prior to her decision to pivot towards academia, Dolly was a high performer in multiple highly selective positions in the business world. She worked in investment banking, consulting, and line manager roles at Morgan Stanley, Sibson & Company, Time Inc., Scholastic Inc., and Merrill Lynch. She earned her M.B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at Harvard University and her B.A. at Cornell University where she was co-captain of the Cornell Women's Varsity Tennis Team. Dolly lives on Long Island with her husband and two children, where she is heavily involved in mentoring (future and current) first-generation college students.