Gabrielle Adams is a Behavioral Scientist, with a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor of public policy (Batten) and business administration (Darden: Leadership and Organizational Behavior area). Professor Adams studies the processes and dynamics that give rise to ‘good’ decisions, policies, and conditions in organizations. Her research focuses on psychological inefficiencies: the factors that cause friction and prevent people from understanding one another's viewpoints or making sound decisions.
Even though I don’t have much downtime right now – my partner and I are navigating our jobs while parenting a 2-year old and a 3-month old – I read books on my phone during late-night feeding sessions. Right now, I’m reading, ‘The Mirror and the Light,’ which is the final book in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy. The series tells the story of Cromwell’s rise to and fall from power, portraying him as politically savvy and incredibly unethical. The first two books in the series, ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies,’ are about how Cromwell becomes King Henry VII’s ‘fixer’; as a social psychologist who studies leadership and interpersonal dynamics, I’ve long been interested in political organizations and unethical behavior.20 December 2021