Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley.

He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-imageself-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.

He holds B.A. in Psychology from Hiram College, an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Statistical Psychology from Ohio State University.

He is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society.

He currently serves as a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and as a Fellow for both the American Institutes for Research and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

He has served in several major academic leadership positions as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley, the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University, and as the 21st Provost of Columbia University. Past roles also include serving as the President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, President of the Western Psychological Association, a member of the Board of Directors American Psychological Society.

Professor Steele holds Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, DePaul University and Claremont Graduate University.


  • Present2016

    Professor of Psychology

    University of California Berkeley

  • 20162014

    Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

    University of California Berkeley

  • 20142011

    I James Quillen Dean and Professor

    Stanford University

  • 20112009

    Provost of the University and Professor of Psychology

    Columbia University

  • 20091991


    Stanford University

  • 19911987

    Professor of Psychology

    University of Michigan

  • 19871973

    University of Washington

    Professor of Psychology (1985-1987)

  • 19731971

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    University of Utah


  • B.A. June 1967

    Major in Psychology

    Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio

  • M.A. June 1969

    Major in Social Psychology

    Ohio State University

  • Ph.D. September 1971

    Major in Social Psychology & Minor in Statistical Psychology

    Ohio State University


  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Society
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  • Society of Personality and Social Psychology