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 in 2009. Professor Fast’s research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of power and influence in organizations and society. His work examines the determinants and consequences of social hierarchy, the predictors of social network expansion, and how new and emerging technologies are shaping the future of humanity. He directs the Hierarchy, Networks, and Technology Lab (HiNT Lab) at USC and is Co-Director of the Psychology of Technology Institute. 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.

Fast is an editorial board member for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the “Golden Apple Teaching Award” and the “Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research” at USC, as well as selection by Poets and Quants as one of the "World's 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40."

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 is a frequent speaker in conferences, universities, and companies.