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Benoît Monin received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, after earning an M.Sc. in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics. He completed his undergraduate studies at ESSEC, a business school near Paris, and at the Lycée Privé Sainte Geneviève, in Versailles. Monin joined the Stanford Department of Psychology in 2001, and since 2008 he has held appointments both in psychology and in the Organizational Behavior area at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.Monin's research investigates the motivational aspects of ethics, and in particular how most people's desire to retain a positive self-image as a good, moral person affects behavior and social perception in counterintuitive ways. Monin teaches Critical Analytical Thinking and Ethics and Management to Stanford MBAs, and statistics and research methods for incoming PhD students. He received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan and at the University of Paris 10. He served as an associate editor for the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and his work has appeared in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
My research deals with how people address threats to the self in interpersonal situations: How they avoid feeling prejudiced, how they construe other people's behavior to make to their own look good, how they deal with dissonance, how they affirm a threatened identity, how they resent the goodness of others when it makes them look bad, etc. I study these issues in the context of social norms, the self, and morality, broadly defined.