Christopher Oveis

Associate Professor of Economics and Strategic Management

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info

Rady School of Management
Wells Fargo Hall, Room 4W120
9500 Gilman Drive #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
Phone: (858) 8227469­
Personal Website

Research Areas

Power and Status
Social Connection


Christopher Oveis

Christopher Oveis is a social/personality psychologist who studies the role of emotion, empathy, and power in social interactions. His recent work has produced insights into (1) how efforts to manage one’s own stress responses contagiously impact teammates and teamwork; (2) how expressing gratitude builds the social fabric of groups; (3) how compassion shapes honesty versus dishonesty when providing performance feedback; and (4) how the way a person laughs signals their social status. He has served on the editorial board for Emotion and for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and has published his work in the top journals of the field.

Professor Oveis teaches the Core Leadership courses at the Rady School, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. In 2019, he was named one of the best 40 Under 40 business school professors by Poets & Quants.

Prior to joining the Rady School, Oveis completed postdoctoral fellowships in Harvard University’s Department of Psychology and Kennedy School of Government, and received the Harvard University Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching. He earned his Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. with Highest Distinction in Psychology at the University of Virginia.


Selected Publications

Oveis, C., Gu, Y., Ocampo, J. M., Hangen, E. J., & Jamieson, J. P. (in press). Emotion regulation contagion: Stress reappraisal promotes challenge responses in teammates. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Algoe, S. B., Dwyer, P. C., Younge, A., & Oveis, C. (in press). A new perspective on the social functions of emotions: Gratitude and the witnessing effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Lupoli, M. J., Jampol, L., & Oveis, C. (2017). Lying because we care: Compassion increases prosocial lying. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146, 1026-1042.

Oveis, C., Spectre, A., Smith, P. K., Liu, M. Y., & Keltner, D. (2016). Laughter conveys status. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 65, 109-115.

Stellar, J. E., Cohen, A. B., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2015). Affective and physiological responses to the suffering of others: Compassion and vagal activity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108, 572-585.

Kouchaki, M., Oveis, C., & Gino, F. (2014). Guilt enhances the sense of control and drives risky judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 2103-2110.

Carr, E. W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. (2014). Transforming the mirror: Power fundamentally changes facial responding to emotional expressions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 997-1003.

Oveis, C., Horberg, E. J., & Keltner, D. (2010). Compassion, pride, and social intuitions of self-other similarity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 618-630.

Oveis, C., Cohen, A. B., Gruber, J., Shiota, M. N., Haidt, J., & Keltner, D. (2009). Resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia is associated with tonic positive emotionality. Emotion, 9, 265-270.