Claude Steele

Claude Steele

Dean of the School of Education, Stanford University.

Claude Steele is the Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. Previously, he served as Provost of Columbia University, as well as a professor of psychology. He was educated at Hiram College and at Ohio State University, where he received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1971. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, Yale University, Princeton University, and from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Before joining Columbia, he was a faculty member at Stanford University holding several appointments.

He is recognized as a leader in the field of social psychology and for his commitment to the systematic application of social science to societal problems. His research focuses on the psychological experience of the individual and on the experience of threats to the self and the consequences of those threats. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and to the American Philosophical Society. He is a member of the Board of the Social Science Research Council and of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors.