Charleen R. Case is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In her research, she leverages theory and methods from evolutionary biology and social psychology to address when, why, and how people’s deep-seated motivations cause them to behave in ways that either promote or undermine effective group functioning and group member wellbeing.
In her current work, she examines how leaders navigate social dilemmas in which their own personal motivations — motivations for power, status, or even social affiliation — come into conflict with important group goals. Her research has been published in scholarly outlets such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and has been featured in The New York Times, Kellogg Insight, Glamour, Psychology Today, and the Harvard Business Review.
She received her B.A. in Psychology and in Anthropology from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). During her undergraduate studies, she also served as a Junior Visiting Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for Evolutionary Studies in the Biological Anthropology Department at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, U.K.). She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida). While completing her doctoral studies, she also served as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Management and Organizations Department at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.