• Amelia Stillwell

    PhD Candidate

    Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Researcher ▪︎ Writer ▪︎ Teacher

    Amelia Stillwell is a PhD Candidate in Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research examines how race and gender jointly influence role expectations, person-perception, political behavior, and backlash. Current projects investigate backlash against female accusers in the wake of #MeToo, and the influence of race on gender backlash against women leaders. Her dissertation explores how gender roles affect interracial contact norms, finding that White women experience gender backlash for engaging in intimate interracial relationships. As a result, Whites express greater opposition to interracial couples involving White women than White men across more than 20 years of representative U.S. public opinion data (revise & resubmit, Journal of Personality & Social Psychology).


    Amelia received a BA magna cum laude in Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies from Haverford College in 2012. She has previously worked at the University of Maryland, College Park as the lab manager of Dr. Michele Gelfand's Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) Culture Lab. Amelia teaches courses in Management at Lucas College of Business, San Jose State University.



  • Research

    My research focuses on the norms and stereotypes that maintain group distinctions and inequality. Specifically, I examine gendered backlash against women in interracial relationships, the influence of shared racial group membership on backlash towards female leaders, backlash towards women making harassment claims, stereotyping in high conflict nations, and intergroup bias in facial memory. This research investigates race, gender, and other group identities simultaneously, reflecting the nuanced and interactive nature of identity in modern and diverse organizations.


    PhD Candidate

    Organizational Behavior

    Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Jan 2016 – Present

    Dissertation Title:

    Gendered Norms for Interracial Contact:

    Social Penalties for White Women in Interracial Relationships




    San Jose State University

    Lucas College of Business

    Jan 2018 – Present

    Introduction to Management

    Applied Organizational Behavior


    Course Assistant

    Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Jan 2016 – Present

    Acting With Power

    Groups & Teams


  • Speaking Engagements

    Amelia offers education and coaching in negotiations, power, group dynamics, and teamwork. Non-profits and organizations serving women and underrepresented groups receive a discounted rate. Please contact for more information.