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Meara Habashi

Meara Habashi

Director, Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management
Organizational Behavior/Human Resources


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Purdue University
M.S., Social Psychology, Purdue University
B.A., Psychology, Baylor University


Dr. Habashi received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2008 from Purdue University. Since that time, she has spent a number of years teaching and researching at various institutions. Dr. Habashi joined the faculty at Krannert in 2016 after spending 5 years at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Habashi's primary research focus is in the area of motivation and emotional responding. I am particularly interested in how differences within and among individuals interact with environmental context to motivate social behavior, most specifically, workplace behaviors. To date, my research has taken a traditional social cognitive person X situation approach to examine how different types of motivations affect various domains of behavior, including leadership behaviors and perceptions, helping and citizenship behaviors, and occupational preference.

Journal Articles

  • Howard, H., Habashi, M.M., & Reed, J. (2020). The gender wage gap in research librarians. College and Research Libraries. College and Research Libraries, vol. Forthcoming
  • Hack, T., Garcia, A. L., Goodfriend, W., Habashi, M. M., & Hoover, A. E. (2020). When it’s not so funny: Prevalence of friendly sexist teasing and consequences to gender self-esteem.. Psychological Reports, vol. Forthcoming
  • Hoover, A. E., Hack, T., Garcia, A. L., Goodfriend, W., & Habashi, M. M. (2019). Powerless men and agentic women: Gender bias in hiring decisions. Sex Roles, vol. 80 667-680. | Download |
  • Clark, J.K., Thiem, K.C., Hoover, A.E., & Habashi, M.M. (2017). Gender stereotypes and intellectual performance: Stigma consciousness as a buffer against stereotype validation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 68 185-191. | Download |
  • Habashi, M.M., Graziano, W.G., & Hoover, A.E. (2016). Searching for the prosocial personality: A big five approach to linking personality and prosocial behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 42 1177-1192. | Download |
  • Woodcock, A., Graziano, W.G., Branch, S.E., Habashi, M.M., Ngambeki, I., & Evangelou, D. (2013). Person and Thing Orientations: Psychological correlates and predictive utility. Social Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 4 116-123. | Download |
  • Graziano, W.G., Habashi, M.M., Evangelou, D., & Ngambeki, I. (2012). Orientations & motivations: Are you a “people person,” a “thing person,’ or both?. Motivation and Emotion, vol. 36 465-447. | Download |
  • Ngambeki, I., Habashi, M.M., Evangelou, D., Graziano, W.G., Sakka, D., & Corpaci, F. (2012). Using profiles of Person-Thing Orientation to examine the underrepresentation of women in engineering in three cultural contexts. International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 28 621-632. | Download |
  • Clark, J.K., Wegener, D.T., Habashi, M.M., & Evans, A.T. (2012). Source expertise and persuasion: The effects of perceived opposition or support on message scrutiny. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 38 90-100. | Download |
  • Graziano, W.G., Habashi, M.M., Woodcock, A. (2011). Exploring and measuring differences in person-thing orientations. Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 51 28-33. | Download |
  • Graziano, W.G., & Habashi, M.M. (2010). Motivational Processes Underlying Both Prejudice and Helping. Personality and Social Psychology Review, vol. 14 313-331. | Download |
  • Graziano, W.G., Habashi, M.M., Sheese, B.E., & Tobin, R.M. (2007). Agreeableness, empathy, and helping: A Person X Situation perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 93 583-599. | Download |

Book Chapters

  • Graziano, W.G., & Habashi, M.M. (2015). The quest for the prosocial personality.. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 231-255.
  • Graziano, W.G., & Habashi, M.M. (2009). Agreeableness and relationships. Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Habashi, M.M., & Graziano, W.G. (2007). Agreeableness. Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA. 25-27.
  • APSAC's Hadley speaker series to present Krannert’s Meara Habashi

    Meara Habashi, assistant head of the Krannert School’s Department of Management, will give a workshop-style presentation, “Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success,” on May 7 in the annual Richard A. Hadley APSAC Professional Development Series. The event, sponsored by the Administrative and Professional Staff Advisory Committee, will be at 11:30 a.m. in Pfendler Hall’s Deans Auditorium (Room 241).

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Office: KRAN 357

Area(s) of Expertise

women in management, gender differences in STEM, personality, prosocial behavior