Nicholas Hays received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from UCLA, and his B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the psychology of hierarchy, specifically how power and status hierarchies, the most prevalent forms of social hierarchy, affect individuals' experiences and group processes. His research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Current Opinion in Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Prior to MSU, Dr. Hays was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business.
Before his academic career, Dr. Hays worked in management consulting for Booz & Company in New York and Bridge Strategy Group in Chicago.
Lee, H. W.*, Hays, N. A., & Johnson, R. E. (in press). To thine own (empowered) self be true: Aligning social hierarchy motivation and leader behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology.
Mitchell, R. L., Bae, K., Case, C. R., Hays, N. A. (2020). Drivers of hierarchy striving. Current Opinion in Psychology, 33, 189-195.
Yu, A., Hays, N. A., & Zhao, E. (2019). Development of a bipartite measure of social hierarchy: The perceived power and perceived status scales. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 152, 84-104.
N. A., & Blader, S. L. (2017). To give or not to give? Effects of
status and legitimacy on generosity. Journal
of Personality and Social Psychology, 112(1), 17-38.
Bendersky, C., & Hays, N. A. (2017). The effects of status conflicts in groups where members disagree about status hierarchies. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(2), 124-132.