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Matthew Feinberg

Matthew Feinberg

Matthew Feinberg

Assistant Professor at the Rotman School of Management


PhD. Social Psychology, UC Berkeley
M.Ed. Framingham State University
BA. History, Whittier College


Matthew Feinberg is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Rotman. He earned his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. His research explores the underlying psychological processes that lead individuals to join together to form cohesive groups, organizations, and societies, with a particular focus on morality and political attitudes. Matthew’s research has been published in journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Emotion, and Political Psychology. His work has been covered by various media outlets including The Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters, Fox News, Scientific American, Al Jazeera, CBS News, USA Today, WebMD, National Geographic, Huffington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Selected Publications - Papers

  • The Political Reference Point: How Geography Shapes Political Identity

    *Feinberg, M., *Tullett, A. M., Mensch, Z., Hart, W., & Gottlieb, S.

    Plos One



    Pages: e0171497

  • From gulf to bridge: When do moral arguments facilitate political influence?

    Feinberg, M. & Willer, R.

    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin



    Pages: 1665-1681

  • Gossip and ostracism help solve the cooperation problem.

    Feinberg, M., Willer, R., & Schultz, M.

    Psychological Science



    Pages: 656-664

  • The moral roots of environmental attitudes.

    Feinberg, M. & Willer, R.

    Psychological Science



    Pages: 56-62

  • Flustered and faithful: Embarrassment as a signal of prosocial behavior.

    Feinberg, M., Willer, R., & Keltner, D.

    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology



    Pages: 81-97

  • The virtues of gossip: Reputational information sharing as prosocial behavior.

    Feinberg, M., Willer, R., Stellar, J. E., & Keltner, D.

    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology



    Pages: 1015-1030

Research and Teaching Interests

Collective action, Cooperation and prosocial behavior, Moral judgment and reasoning, Political attitudes and communication, The psychology of protest and activism, Introduction to Organizational Behaviour

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