Eli Finkel
Eli J. Finkel

Professor of Management & Organizations
Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

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Eli Finkel is a Professor of Management and Organizations (MORS). He earned his BA (1997) from Northwestern and his PhD (2001) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the faculty in Northwesterns Psychology department in 2003, and he joined the MORS faculty in 2013. He has published over 100 scholarly papers in leading outlets such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, and Psychological Science, and this work has been widely discussed in prominent forums such as the New York Times, The Economist, and the Wall Street Journal. He publishes Op-Ed pieces in the New York Times and feature articles in Scientific American Mind. In recognition of his scholarship, Professor Finkel has received ~$1,000,000 in grant funding and several prestigious awards.

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M.A., 1999, Social & Quant. Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PhD, 2001, Social & Quant. Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., 1997, Psychology, Northwestern University, Magna Cum Laude

Academic Positions
Professor of Management and Organizations (MORS), Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2013-present
Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, 2012-present
Associate Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, 2008-2012
Visiting Scholar, Department of Social Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2008-2008
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, 2003-2008
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001-2003

Honors and Awards
Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship, 2014-2015
National Science Foundation Grant (co-PI), Motivations for Promotion and Prevention in Relationship Initiation, 2010-2013
Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement from the International Association for Relational Research, International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), 2010
Early Career Award, Relationship Researchers Interest Group of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), 2008
SAGE Young Scholars Award, $5,000 honorarium, 2008
National Science Foundation Grant (PI), Advancing Understanding About One Form of Interpersonal Violence, 2007-2012
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) Summer Institute: Emotion and Decision, 2004
Dissertation Award, International Association for Relationships Research (IARR), 2002

Editorial Positions
Special issue editor, Current Opinion in Psychology issue: "Relationship Science", 2015
Associate editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2014-Present
Guest editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2012
Associate editor, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2008-2010
Associate editor, Representative Research and Social Psychology, 2000-2001
Consulting editor, Psychological Review, 2015-Present
Consulting editor, Psychological Science, 2011-2012
Consulting editor, Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, 2010-2012
Consulting editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2008-2013
Consulting editor, Personal Relationships, 2008-2010
Consulting editor, Psychological Science, 2007-2008
Consulting editor, Social Cognition, 2005-2012
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Aggressive Behavior
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Basic and Applied Social Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Current Biology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Current Directions in Psychological Science
Ad Hoc Reviewer, European Journal of Social Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Evolution and Human Behavior
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Family Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychological Science
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychology of Violence
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Quantitative Marketing and Economics
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Marketing Research
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Representative Research in Social Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Review of General Psychology Science
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Science Foundation
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Personal Relationships
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Personality and Social Psychology Review
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Personality Processes and Individual Differences
Ad Hoc Reviewer, PLoS One
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychological Bulletin
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Self and Identity
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Social & Personality Psychology Compass
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Social Influence
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Social Psychology and Personality Science
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Social Psychology Quarterly

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Research Interests

1. Initial Romantic Attraction: What predicts interpersonal attraction? Do people really know what characteristics they desire in a romantic partner? How do dating innovations like speed-dating and online dating influence the romantic initiation process?
2. Interpersonal Conflict: When do people forgive transgressions? What are the consequences of forgiving? When does conflict escalate to the point of violence? Can we intervene to ameliorate the adverse effects of conflict in marriage?
3. Self-Control: When and how do interpersonal processes bring out the best vs. the worst in us? What types of social interaction cause us to feel energized versus exhausted? How do self-control processes influence relationship functioning and eating behavior?

For a full list of publications, see Finkel's psychology website. Here's a sampling of recent publications.

Finkel, Eli J. Forthcoming. The suffocation model: Why marriage in America is becoming an all-or-nothing institution. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Hunt, L. L., P. W. Eastwick and Eli J Finkel. 2015. Leveling the playing field: Acquaintance length predicts reduced assortative mating on attractiveness.. Psychological Science.
Finkel, Eli J and P. W. Eastwick. 2015. Interpersonal attraction: In search of a theoretical Rosetta stone. APA Handbook of personality and social psychology. 3: Interpersonal relations: 179-210.
Finkel, Eli J. 2015. Best research practices in psychology: Illustrating epistemological and pragmatic considerations with the case of relationship science. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 108
Finkel, Eli J, M. I. Norton, H. T. Reis, D. Ariely, P. A. Caprariello, P. W. Eastwick, J H Frost and M. R. Maniaci. 2015. When does familiarity promote versus undermine interpersonal attraction? A proposed integrative model from erstwhile adversaries.. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 10: 3-19.
Eastwick, P. W., L. B. Luchies, Eli J Finkel and L. L. Hunt. Forthcoming. The Predictive Validity of Ideal Partner Preferences: A Review and Meta-Analysis. Psychological Bulletin.
Burnette, J. L., E. O'Boyle, E. M. VanEpps, J. M. Pollack and Eli J Finkel. 2013. Mindsets Matter: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Effects of Implicit Theories on Self-Regulation. Psychological Bulletine. 139: 655-701.
Finkel, Eli J, E. B. Slotter, L. B. Luchies, G. M. Walton and J. J. Gross. 2013. A Brief Intervention to Promote Conflict-Reappraisal Preserves Marital Quality Over Time. Psychological Science. 24: 1595-1601.
Finkel, Eli J, P. W. Eastwick, B. R. Karney, H. T. Reis and S. Sprecher. 2012. Online Dating: A Critical Analysis From the Perspective of Psychological Science. Psychology Science in the Public Interest. 13: 3-66.
Herbst, K. C., Eli J Finkel,  D Allan and G. M. Fitzsimons. 2012. On the Dangers of Pulling a Fast One: The Effects of Advertisement Disclaimer Speed on Purchase Intention. Journal of Consumer Research. 38: 909-919.
Fitzsimons, G. M. and Eli J Finkel. 2011. Outsourcing Self-Regulation. Psychological Science. 22: 369-375.
Ireland, M. E., R. B. Slatcher, P. W. Eastwick, L. E. Scissors, Eli J Finkel and J. W. Pennebaker. 2011. Language Style Matching Predicts Relationship Inititation and Stability. Psychological Science. 22: 39-44.
Johnson, S. E., J. A. Richeson and Eli J Finkel. 2011. Middle Class and Marginal? The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on the Self-Regulatory Resources of Students at an Elite Univeristy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 100: 838-852.
Rick, S. I., D. A. Small and Eli J Finkel. 2011. Fatal (Fiscal) Attraction: Spendthrifts and Tightwads in Marriage. Journal of Marketing Research. XLVIII: 228-237.
Luchies, L. B., Eli J Finkel, M. Kumashiro and J. K. McNulty. 2010. The Doormat Effect: When Forgiving Erodes Self-Respect and Self-Concept Clarity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 98: 734-749.
Finkel, Eli J, W. K. Campbell, L. E. Buffardi, M. Kumashiro and C. E. Rusbult. 2009. The Metamorphosis of Narcissus: Communal Activation Promotes Relationship Commitment Among Narcissists. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 35: 1271-1284.
Finkel, Eli J and P. W. Eastwick. 2009. Arbitrary Social Norms and Sex Differences in Romantic Selectivity. Psychological Science. 20: 1290-1295.
Rusbult, C. E., Eli J Finkel and M. Kumashiro. 2009. The Michelangelo Phenomenon. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 18: 305-309.
Finkel, Eli J, W. K. Campbell, A. B. Brunell, A. N. Dalton, S. J. Scarbeck and T. L. Chartrand. 2006. High-Maintenance Interaction: Inefficient Social Coordination Impairs Self-Regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 91: 456-475.
Book Chapters
Finkel, Eli J. 2014. "The I3 Model: Metatheory, Theory, and Evidence." In Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, edited by J. M. Olsen, M. P. Zanna, vol. 49, San Diego: Academic Press.

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