Author Profile

Claude Steele

Claude Steele Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Berkeley.

Claude M. Steele served as the I. James Quillen Dean for the School of Education at Stanford University from 2011 - 2014. As dean he led the school toward a deeper engagement in public education, including the renewal and expansion of a partnership between the school and the San Francisco Unified School District. From 2009 - 2011, Steele served as the 21st Provost of Columbia University, where he led and implemented academic policies and plans for the university, including a major initiative to enhance support for the basic sciences. While at Columbia, he was responsible for managing the work of the university’s faculty, departments, research centers and institutes, as well as oversight of the university’s budget and financial planning.

He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.

For more about Claude and his works, go to http://evcp.berkeley.edu/claude-steele-bio

Reviews of Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time)

Conveys an understanding of why race remains such a powerful factor even in a society where racial discrimination is seen as abhorrent.
-- Adam Serwer, American Prospect

Startles, beguiles, and challenges as it exposes the myriad ways that threats to our identities exert a powerful stranglehold on our individual and collective psyche.
-- Lani Guinier, Harvard University