Nathanael Fast’s research focuses on the tools people use to lead, organize, and influence others. His work examines the determinants and consequences of power and status hierarchies in groups and organizations as well as the social psychological mechanisms that lead people, ideas, and practices to become and stay prominent. He also studies the psychology of social networks and the causes and consequences of adopting new technologies.


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Psychology of Technology

Nathanael has co-organized two conferences on the psychology of technology, one in Los Angeles at USC, October 2016 and the other at SPSP in San Antonio, January 2017.



Feeling High but Playing Low

New research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin with colleagues shows that people with a high need for belongingness respond to positions of power with submissiveness.



Poets & Quants, 40 under 40

In 2014, Fast was selected as one of the "World's 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40" by Poets & Quants.