Sam Skowronek

Sam Skowronek
  • Doctoral Candidate

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    527.6 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: ethical decision making, emotions, social norms, behavioral decision research


Sam Skowronek is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Decision-Processes Group at Wharton. Prior to starting his doctoral work, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and as a Research Associate at KPMG’s Institute for Consumer Research at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Sam graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2013 with a BA in Economics.

Sam’s research is focused on ethical decision making. He has conducted research on how shame and embarrassment shape ethical norms in organizations, and he has studied how domain expertise influences the use of deception.

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Awards and Honors

  • Mack Institute for Innovation Management Research Grant, 2020
  • Baker Retail Center Research Award, 2020
  • Winkelman Fellowship, 2018
  • Emotions and Organizations Research Grant by the Katz Fund for Research on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, 2018
  • Marjorie Weiler Prize for Excellence in Writing, 2017
  • Wharton Risk Center Russell Ackoff Doctoral Fellowship Award, 2017-2020
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2013


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