The George Washington University
School of Business: Management

Elizabeth Mullen

Associate Professor of Management

Phone: 202-994-6976
Office: Funger Hall 311


Elizabeth Mullen is an Associate Professor of Management at the George Washington University School of Business. She teaches classes on organizational behavior, negotiations, and ethics. Her research uses experimental social psychological methods to investigate questions involving justice and ethics. In particular, her work on organizational justice investigates how and when people form a judgment that something is fair or unfair, and the roles that people's emotions and moral convictions play in shaping their perceptions of fairness and reactions to transgressions. In addition, her work on ethics focuses on how individuals regulate and evaluate their own and others' ethical behavior.

Elizabeth's research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Her research has appeared in several top journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, and Social Justice Research.

Prior to joining the GWU School of Business in 2013, Elizabeth was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 2006-2013. In addition, she was a post-doctoral fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Management at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University from 2004-2006. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

Adams, G. S., & Mullen, E. (2013). Increased voting for candidates who compensate victims rather than punish perpetrators. Social Justice Research, 26, 168-192.

Jordan, J., Mullen, E. & Murnighan, J. K., (2011). Striving for the moral self: The effects of recalling past moral actions on future moral behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 701-713.

Mullen, E., & Skitka, L. J. (2009). Comparing Americans' and Ukrainians' allocations of public assistance: The role of affective reactions in helping behavior. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 40, 301-318.

Mullen, E., & Nadler, J. (2008). Moral Spillovers: The effect of moral violations on deviant behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1239 -1245.

Mullen, E., & Skitka, L. J. (2006). Exploring the psychological underpinnings of the moral mandate effect: Motivated reasoning, group differentiation, or anger? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 629-643.

Book Chapters

Mullen, E., & Okimoto, T. G. (2013). Compensatory Justice. In M. Ambrose & R. Cropanzano (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Justice in Work Organizations.

Skitka, L. J., Bauman, C. W., & Mullen, E. (2008). Morality and justice: An expanded theoretical perspective and empirical review. In K. A. Hegtvedt and J. Clay-Warner (Eds.), Advances in Group Processes: Justice (Vol. 25, pp 1-27). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Mullen, E. (2007). The reciprocal relationship between affect and perceptions of fairness. In K. Tornblom & R. Vermunt (Eds.), Distributive and Procedural Justice: Research and Social Applications (pp. 15-37). Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Nominated for the PhD Distinguished Faculty Award, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2011
  • Louise and Claude Rosenberg Faculty Scholar at Stanford GSB for 2011-2012
  • Ascendant Scholar, Western Academy of Management, 2011
  • James and Doris McNamara Faculty Scholar at Stanford GSB for 2008-2009
  • Best Paper - New Directions Award by the Conflict Management Division, Academy of Management, 2007

Research Interests

Justice, Morality, Behavioral Ethics