Jackson G. Lu


Jackson G. Lu


Jackson Lu is the Mitsui Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40 by Poets and Quants, and one of “30 Thinkers to Watch” for his research on the “Bamboo Ceiling” faced by Asians.

Jackson’s research focuses on culture and globalization. He has published in premier general science journals (Nature Human Behaviour, PNAS), management journals (Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science), and psychology journals (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science). His research has been featured in major media outlets (e.g., BBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post).

Lu received his BA from Williams College (summa cum laude) and his PhD from Columbia Business School.


Lu wins Outstanding Dissertation Award


"Global Leaders for Global Teams: Leaders with Multicultural Experiences Communicate and Lead More Effectively, Especially in Multinational Teams."

Lu, Jackson G., Roderick I. Swaab, and Adam D. Galinsky. Organization Science. Forthcoming.

"Multicultural Experiences: A Systematic Review and New Theoretical Framework."

Maddux, William W., Jackson G. Lu, Salvatore Affinito, and Adam D. Galinsky. Academy of Management Annals. Forthcoming.

"To Which World Regions does the Valence–dominance Model of Social Perception Apply?"

Jones, Benedict C., Lisa M. DeBruine, ... Jackson G. Lu, et al. Nature Human Behaviour Vol. 5, (2021): 159-169.

"Disentangling Stereotypes from Social Reality: Astrological Stereotypes and Discrimination in China."

Lu, Jackson G., Xin Liu, Hui Liao, and Lei Wang. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Vol. 119, No. 6 (2020): 1359-1379.

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