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Vivian L. Xiao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University




Vivian L. Xiao is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in the Organization Studies Area.


Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt, Vivian received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2022. She received her B.A. in Psychology (with Honors) and English, magna cum laude, from Rice University in 2016.​


Vivian’s work sits at the intersection of the two major shifts changing the modern organization: the rapidly increasing racial diversity in the workforce and the proliferation of remote work. Her work explores these topics at multiple levels of analysis, investigating how people from a diverse set of backgrounds navigate success at work, and how organizations dynamically respond to these major shifts in their environment through their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices. Using archival, experimental, and survey methods, both in the lab and in the field, she focuses primarily on three areas of inquiry: (1) how people’s race and gender often jointly impact leader evaluation and selection, (2) how the changing nature of the workforce and increased prevalence of remote work affects workers’ experiences and outcomes, and (3) how organizations themselves respond to their environments and engage in practices that help or hinder inequality. Her work highlights the multi-faceted and multi-level nature of bias, discrimination, and worker wellbeing, and lays the foundation for more comprehensive and effective strategies to improve DEI in organizations.




Xiao, V.L. & Lowery, B.S. (2024). Who are You to Me?: A Relational Approach to Examining Race-Gender Associations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 110, 104562.

Xiao, V.L., Lowery, B.S., & Stillwell, A. (2023). Gender Backlash and the Moderating Role of Shared Racial Group Membership. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 49(4), 554–570.

See also: SPSP Character & Context blog


Xiao, V.L., Corrington, A.R., Kinias, Z. & Hebl, M.R. [Gender, Race, and Personal Entitlement]. Revise & resubmit, Academy of Management Discoveries

Xiao, V.L., Upadhyay, A., & Triana. [Mega-threats and Board Gender Diversity]. Under Review, Organization Science


Xiao, V.L. (2022). Deliberate Inclusion: Considering Underrepresented Perspectives in Psychology. In King, E., Roberson, Q.M., & Hebl, M.R. (Eds.), Research on Social Issues in Management (Vol. The Future of Diversity & Inclusion). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 


Xiao, V.L. (2022). Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in the Workplace. In Gurung, R.A.R. (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Psychology in the Real World. Cambridge, UK: Routledge.


Xiao, V.L., Wiwad, D., Talaifar, S., Chu. C., Puente, L., Lagaron, A. & Lowery, B.S. Remote Work, Worker Wellbeing, and Perceived Discrimination. [Working paper]

Xiao, V.L. & Lowery, B.S. Gender-Based Benevolence and Race. [Working paper]

*Won best paper based on a dissertation, DEI Division, AOM 2023

Xiao, V.L., Liu, H.F., Triana, M., & Wang, J. Board Political Ideology, CEO Compensation, and Environmental Innovation. [Data analysis phase]

Xiao, V.L., Li, M., Triana, M., Byun, S., & Chapa, O. CEO Gender and Double Standards in Appearance. [Data collection phase]


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Vivian L. Xiao

Vanderbilt University
Owen Graduate School of Management
401 21st Avenue S., Nashville, TN 37203

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