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Rachel Ruttan

Rachel Ruttan

Assistant Professor of OBHR


PhD, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


Rachel Ruttan holds a PhD in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research interests include compassion and prosocial behavior, values, and moral judgment. Specifically, she studies lapses in interpersonal compassion, as well as the potential pitfalls of organizations' attempts to appeal to morals and values, showing when and how "doing well by doing good" can backfire. Her research has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Her work has been profiled in The New York Times, NPR, and The Harvard Business Review. 

Academic Positions

  • 2017-18

    Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior , Washington University in St. Louis

Selected Publications - Papers