Michael Kraus

Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

What He Studies

The emotional and hierarchical dynamics of human social interactions—such as how the rich think differently from the poor, how smiling can affect the outcome of a fight, and how physical contact (like high fives and chest bumps) might help NBA teams win.

in the news

Crossing Class Lines

Can we speak to, engage with and understand those whose lives are more or less fortunate than our own? And, if not, are there ways to increase engagement with cross-class partners?
—The New York Times


Social Darwinism Isn’t Dead

Rich people think they really are different from you and me.


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
603 East Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-300-0191
Email: mwkraus@illinois.edu