Amy J.C. Cuddy

Amy Cuddy
Amy J.C. Cuddy
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Hellman Faculty Fellow, Harvard Business School

AMY CUDDY is an associate professor at Harvard Business School and a social psychologist who uses experimental methods to investigate how people judge and influence each other and themselves. Her research suggests that judgments along two critical trait dimensions—warmth/trustworthiness and competence/power—shape social interactions, determining such outcomes as who gets hired and who doesn't, when we are more or less likely to take risks, why we admire, envy, or disparage certain people, elect politicians, or even target minority groups for genocide. Her recent work focuses on how we embody and express these two traits, linking our body language to our hormone levels, our feelings, and our behavior.

Cuddy's work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC and in Harvard Magazine, Wired, the New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and even as the theme of a Dilbert and Betty comic strips. She appears occasionally on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. TIME magazine named her as one of 2012's "Game Changers" and Business Insider chose her as one of the 50 Women Who Are Changing The World, 2013. 

Her work was featured in Harvard Business Review's Top 20 Breakthrough Ideas for 2009 ("Just because I'm nice, don't assume I'm dumb"), Scientific American Mind in 2010 ("Mixed impressions: How we judge others on multiple levels"), and as one of the Top 10 Psychology Studies of 2010 by Psychology Today. 

She is the author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges.