Claude Steele, professor emeritus in the social sciences at Stanford University, has received the Legacy Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. The Legacy Award honors figures whose career contributions have shaped the field. The Society of Personality and Social Psychology is the world’s largest organization of social and personality psychologists. With over 7,500 members, the organization strives to advance the science, teaching, and application of social and personality psychology.
In 2014, Professor Steele was appointed provost at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Steele was dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Before becoming dean, Professor Steele served for two years as provost at Columbia University in New York City. Professor Steele was a member of the Stanford faculty from 1991 to 2009. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 1991, he taught at the University of Utah, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan.
Professor Steele is perhaps best known for his work on the underperformance of minority students due to stereotype threat. He is the author of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (W.W. Norton, 2010).
Professor Steele is a graduate of Hiram College in Ohio and earned a Ph.D. at Ohio State University.