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Miguel M. Unzueta

Senior Associate Dean of MBA Programs; Professor of Management and Organizations
“It is often said that perception is reality. My research explores the psychological motivations that underlie people’s perceptions of diversity-related phenomena in the present day.”
(310) 893-0097
Areas of Expertise:
  • Diversity
  • Inequality
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Psychology


Miguel Unzueta is a professor of Management and Organizations and the senior associate dean of MBA programs. He joined the faculty at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006 after earning his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Unzueta studies diversity, bias and discrimination. His latest research explores the manner in which people and companies define diversity and the impact that contemporary diversity definitions have on the representation of women and racial minorities in organizations. His research has been published in top management and psychology journals, including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science. In recognition of his research record, he was awarded the Eric and E Juline award for excellence in faculty research at UCLA Anderson.  

Unzueta teaches courses on negotiations, managerial psychology and leadership in all of UCLA Anderson’s MBA programs. He was awarded the George Robbins Teaching Award for excellence in the classroom and the Faculty Community Engagement Award for exemplifying service to the school through his engagement with students and alumni. He was also selected by MBA blog Poets and Quants as one of the best 40 business school professors under age 40. 

Outside of UCLA, Unzueta has conducted trainings on a wide range of management topics such as negotiations, decision making and bias prevention. He has been invited to speak at various organizations, including Honda, Fox Studios, Kaiser-Permanente and the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team.



Ph.D. Organizational Behavior, 2006, Stanford University

B.A. Psychology, 2001, University of Texas at Austin




Eric and E Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award, UCLA Anderson, 2012

Selected as one of the best 40 professors under age 40 by Poets and Quants, 2011

Dean George W. Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award, UCLA Anderson, 2010


Selected Publications

Everly, B. A., Unzueta, M. M., & Shih, M. J. (2016). Can being gay provide a boost in the hiring process? Maybe if the boss is female. Journal of Business and Psychology, 31, 293-306.

Unzueta, M. M., Everly, B. A., & Gutierrez, A. G. (2014). Social dominance orientation moderates reactions to Black and White discrimination claimants. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 81-88.

Unzueta, M. M., Knowles, E. D., & Ho, G. C. (2012). Diversity is what you want it to be: How social dominance motives affect diversity construals. Psychological Science, 23, 303-309.

Unzueta, M. M. & Binning, K. R. (2012). Diversity is in the eye of the beholder: How concern for the in-group affects perceptions of racial diversity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 26-38.

Unzueta, M. M., Gutiérrez, A. S., & Ghavami, N. (2010). How believing in affirmative action quotas affects White women's self-image. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 120-126.

Binning, K. R., Unzueta, M. M., Huo, Y. J., & Molina, L. E. (2009). The interpretation of  multiracial status and its relation to social engagement and psychological well-being.Journal of Social Issues, 65, 35-4.

Tiedens, L. Z., Unzueta, M. M., & Young, M. J. (2007). An unconscious desire for hierarchy? The motivated perception of dominance complementarity in task partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 402-414.

Lowery, B. S., Unzueta, M. M., Knowles, E. D., & Goff, P. A. (2006). Concern for the in-group and opposition to affirmative action. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 961-974.

Organizations Have Committed to Better Representation, But Really?

Warren Olney speaks with Miguel Unzueta, expert on equity, racial discrimination, biases and microaggressions in the workplace. At a time of higher consciousness about these issues, how can we make our organizations better?

Featuring:  Miguel Unzueta, Senior Associate Dean of MBA Programs; Professor of Management and Organizations