Stephen Benard

Stephen Benard

Associate Professor, Sociology


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Cornell University, 2008
  • M.A., Sociology, Cornell University, 2004
  • B.A., Sociological Studies, Magna Cum Laude, University of Rochester, 2001

About Stephen Benard

My research focuses on understanding how micro and macro-level processes jointly shape patterns of conflict and inequality. In my work on conflict, I am currently examining:

  1. how intergroup conflict shapes intragroup relations,
  2. how reputation systems organize competition, aggression and social status, and
  3. how emotions and power affect third party intervention in conflict.

My current projects on inequality include

  1. the relationship between organizational cultures emphasizing meritocracy and meritocratic outcomes, and
  2. cultural beliefs about race, gender, and income, and how they shape hiring and promotion decisions.