Dr.

Claude Mason Steele

University of California, Berkeley
Psychologist; Educator
Area
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specialty
Psychological Sciences
Member Since
1996

Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.

He holds B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistical Psychology from Ohio State University.

In addition to his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society.