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Aneeta Rattan

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

BA (Columbia) PhD (Stanford)

Dr Aneeta Rattan’s research interests focus on mindsets and intergroup relations (stereotyping, prejudice, and inequity). In one programme of research, she studies mindsets that promote belonging, commitment, and achievement among minorities and women in the face of stereotypes and implicit bias. In another programme of research, she investigates the mindsets that help individuals, organisations, and societies foster positive interactions among diverse group members (across gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation status), even after incidents of explicit bias.

Dr Rattan’s research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. She has received multiple research grants from major funding agencies in the United States. Her research has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, and Huffington Post among others.


An exploratory investigation of Americans' expression of gender bias before and after the 2016 presidential election

Georgeac O; Rattan A; Effron D A

Social Psychological and Personality Science 2019 Vol 10:5 p 632-642

Progress in women’s representation in top leadership weakens people’s disturbance with gender inequality in other domains

Georgeac O; Rattan A

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 2019 Vol 148:8 p 1435-1453

Support for resettling refugees: role of fixed-growth mindsets

Madan S; Basu S; Rattan A; Savani K

Psychological Science 2019 Vol 30:2 p 238-249


Identical applicant but different outcomes: the impact of gender versus race salience in hiring

Rattan A; Steele J; Ambady N

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations 2018 Vol 22:1 p 80-97

Meta-lay theories of scientific potential drive underrepresented students’ sense of belonging to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

Rattan A; Savani S; Komarraju M; Morrison M; Boggs C L; Ambady N

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2018 Vol 115:1 p 54-75

Microsoft: instilling a growth mindset

Ibarra H; Rattan A

London Business School Review 2018 Vol 29:3 p 50-53

When confronting a biased comment can increase your sense of belonging at work

Rattan A

Harvard Business Review Digital Articles 2018 May 04, 2018

Whites' perceptions of biracial individuals' race shift when biracials speak out against bias

Wilton L; Rattan A; Sanchez D

Social Psychological and Personality Science 2018 Vol 9:8 p 953-961


Is education a fundamental right? People's lay theories about intellectual potential drive their positions on education

Savani K; Rattan A; Dweck C

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 2017 Vol 43:9 p 1284-1295

Mindsets about malleability and intergroup relations

Rattan A; Georgeac O

In Zedelius, C, Muller, B & Schooler J (eds).,The science of lay theories : how beliefs shape our cognition, behavior, and health. Springer 2017. Ch 6, pp. 127-156

Underrepresentation, social networks and sense of belonging to organizational leadership domains

Brands R A; Rattan A; Ibarra H

Academy of Management Proceedings 2017:1

Understanding intergroup relations through the lens of implicit theories (mindsets) of malleability

Rattan A; Georgeac O

Social and Personality Psychology Compass 2017 Vol 11:4 p e12305


Leveraging mindsets to promote academic achievement: Policy recommendations

Rattan A; Savani K; Chugh D; Dweck C S

Perspectives in Psychological Science 2015 Vol 10:6 p 721-726


How “It gets better” : effectively communicating support to targets of prejudice

Rattan A; Ambady N

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 2014:40 p 555-566


Diversity ideologies and intergroup relations: An examination of colorblindness and multiculturalism

Rattan A; Ambady N

European Journal of Social Psychology 2013 Vol 43:1 p 12-21


"It's ok - not everyone can be good at math:" Instructors with an entity theory comfort (and demotivate) students

Rattan A; Good C; Dweck C S

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 2012 Vol 48:3 p 731-737

A choice mind-set increases the acceptance and maintenance of wealth inequality

Savani K S; Rattan A

Psychological Science 2012 Vol 23:7 p 796-804

Can everyone become highly intelligent? Cultural differences in and societal consequences of beliefs about the universal potential for intelligence

Rattan A; Savani K; Naidu N V R; Dweck C S

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2012 Vol 103:5 p 787-803

Chapter three - Implicit theories shape intergroup relations

Carr P B; Rattan A; Dweck C S

Advances in Experimental Social Psychology 2012 Vol 45 p 127-165

Gender-based rejection sensitivity and academic self-silencing in women

London B; Downey G; Romero-Canyas R; Rattan A; Tyson D

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2012 Vol 102:5 p 961-979

Race and the fragility of the legal distinction between juveniles and adults

Rattan A; Levine C S; Dweck C S; Eberhardt J L

PLoS ONE 2012 Vol 7:e36680

Why do women opt out? Sense of belonging and women's representation in mathematics

Good C; Rattan A; Dweck C S

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2012 Vol 102:4 p 700-717


The role of social meaning in inattentional blindess: When the gorillas in our midst do not go unseen

Rattan A; Eberhardt J L

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 2010 Vol 46:6 p 1085-1088

Who confronts prejudice? The role of implicit theories in the motivation to confront prejudice

Rattan A; Dweck C S

Psychological Science 2010 Vol 21:7 p 952-959

  • Managing Organisational Behaviour 

  • Global Leadership Assessment for Managers (GLAM)

  • International Assignment: South Africa

Research Awards

  • London Business School Junior Faculty Research Award , 2017

  • Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award , 2017

  • Core Teaching Award, 2016 (Selected by the MBA 2017 graduating class)

  • Leadership Institute, London Business School, 2016 (£15,000 awarded, with Oriane Georgac)

  • Leadership Institute, London Business School, 2015 (£15,000 awarded)

  • Aditya Birla India Center, London Business School, 2015 (£10,000 awarded)

  • Research Grant, HopeLab, 2014 ($4,500 awarded)

  • National Research Service Award (F32-NRSA), NIH-National Institute of Child and Human Development, 2013 (award declined for faculty position)

  • Dissertation Award Finalist, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2012

  • Student Travel Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2011

  • Diversity Travel Fund Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2011

  • Research Grant ($2,500 awarded), Vice Provost of Graduate Education Diversity Dissertation 

  • Research Opportunity Fund, 2008

  • Department of Psychology Graduate Teaching Award, Stanford University, 2008

Research Interests

  • Mindsets
  • Diversity
  • Prejudice Confrontation
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Women
  • STEM