Eli Finkel
Eli J. Finkel

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

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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 Northwestern’s 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

Grants and Awards
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

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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? [ Sample Publication ] 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? [ Sample Publication ] 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? [ Sample Publication ] For a full list of publications, see Finkel’s psychology website . Here’s a sampling of recent publications.

Bodenhausen, Galen, E. B. Slotter, Eli J Finkel, C. N. DeWall and R. S., Pond Jr.. 2012. Putting the brakes on aggression towards a romantic partner: the inhibitory influence of relaionship commitment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 102: 291-305.
DeWall, C. N., Eli J Finkel, N. M. Lambert, E. B. Slotter, Galen Bodenhausen, R. S., Pond Jr., C. M. Renzetti and F. D. Fincham. Forthcoming. The voodoo doll task: Introducing and validating a novel method for studying aggressive inclinations. Aggressive Behavior.
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.
Fitzsimons, G. M. and Eli J Finkel. 2011. Outsourcing Self-Regulation. Psychological Science. 22: 369-375.
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, C. N. DeWall, E. B. Slotter, M. Oaten and V. A. Foshee. 2009. Self-Regulatory Failure and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 97: 483-499.
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.
Finkel, Eli J, E. B. Slotter, L. B. Luchies, Gregory M. Walton and J. J. Gross. Forthcoming. A Brief Intervention to Promote Conflict-Reappraisal Preserves Marital Quality Over Time. Psychological Science.
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.
Book Chapters
Finkel, Eli J. Forthcoming. "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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