Nathanael Fast is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University.

Professor Fast’s research focuses on the determinants and consequences of power and status in groups and organizations. For example, he and colleagues found that feeling powerful leads to overconfident decision making. He also examines the interpersonal processes that lead people, ideas, and cultural practices to become and stay prominent. More recently, his research lab has begun to study how and why people form particular types of social networks as well as how people change as they use technology.

His findings have been published in top-tier academic journals including Psychological Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Academy of Management Journal. Popular accounts of his work are frequently featured in media outlets such as The Economist, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times.

At Marshall, Professor Fast teaches undergraduate and MBA courses on power, politics, and influence. He also teaches in the USC Marshall executive education program and speaks regularly at conferences and in companies. Fast is affiliated with the Academy of Management, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He serves on the editorial boards for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research.