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Peter Belmi

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


FOB 257

Areas of Expertise

Power, Status, Inequality, Hierarchies

Education: Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Peter Belmi is an assistant professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Peter was named one of the "40 Best Business Professors Under 40" by Poets & Quants and one of the "30 emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice" by Thinkers50. He also received the University of Virginia's Mead-Colley Award in 2018 and the Faculty Diversity Award in 2020.

Belmi is interested in the causes and consequences of inequality, why it tends to persist and how it affects people’s subjective experiences. His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street JournalBloomberg BusinessweekFortune, Forbes, NPR, Huffington Post, Newsweek, the Financial Times, Marketwatch, Priceonomics, Public Radio InternationalThe Boston Globe, Medium and Harvard Business Review. He teaches an MBA elective called "The Paths to Power" and the MBA First Year core course on "Leading Organizations."

Selected Publications

Belmi, P. & Schroeder, J. (in press). Human "Resources": Objectification Occurs More in Work than Non-Work Contexts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Belmi, P., Neale, M., Reiff, D., & Ulfe, R. (2020). The social advantage of miscalibrated individuals: The relationship between social class and overconfidence and its implications for class-based inequality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 118(2), 254-282.

Belmi, P. & Pfeffer, J. (2018). The effect of economic consequences on social judgment and choice: Reward interdependence and the preference for sociability versus competence. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39, 990-1007.

Belmi, P. & Laurin, K. (2016). Who wants to get to the top? Class and lay theories about power. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111(4), 567-584.

Belmi, P. & Pfeffer, J. (2016). Power and death: Mortality salience increases power-seeking while feeling powerful reduces death anxiety.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(5): 702-720.  

Belmi, P. & Pfeffer, J. (2015). How 'organization' weakens the norm of reciprocity: The effects of attributions for favors and a calculative mindset.  Academy of Management Discoveries, 1, 36-57.

Belmi, P., Barragan, R., Neale, M., & Cohen, G. (2015). Threats to identity can trigger social deviance.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(4), 467-484.   

Belmi, P. & Neale, M. (2014). Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Thinking that one is attractive increases the tendency to support inequality.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 124(2), 133-149.