Aaron C. Kay (Ph.D. 2005, Stanford University) is the J. Rex Fuqua Professor of Management and Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. His research focuses on the relation between motivation, implicit social cognition, and social issues. He has a particular interest in how basic motivations and needs manifest as specific social and societal beliefs. These include (but are not limited to) the causes and consequences of stereotyping and system justification, religious belief, political ideology, and the attitudes people hold toward their organizations and institutions.
For this research, Aaron Kay has been awarded the Janet T. Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Society, the SAGE Young Scholar Award from the Foundation of Personality and Social Psychology (2010), the Early Career Contribution Award from the International Society of Justice Researchers (2010), the Early Researchers Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (2009), and Dissertation Awards from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (2006) and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (runner-up; 2006). He has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Society as well as the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, and Dr. Kay's research is widely covered in national and international news and media outlets. Dr. Kay is a past President of the International Society of Justice Research.
Dorothy Harlow Best Paper Award, Gender and Diversity Division of the Academy of
Management, 2015 (for paper entitled Creativity is Gendered, co-authored with Devon
Proudfoot and Christy Koval)
Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, Association for Psychological Science, 2012
Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (Honorable Mention), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2012
Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science, 2011
SAGE Young Scholar Award, Foundation of Personality and Social Psychology, 2010
Early Career Contribution Award, International Society of Justice Researchers, 2010
Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo, 2009
Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, 2009
Dissertation Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 2006
Dissertation Award (runner-up), Society for Experimental Social Psychology, 2006