Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt
Professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Crystal L. Hoyt received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003 and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1997. She is currently a professor of leadership studies and psychology and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.

Her scholarship generally resides at the intersection of human belief systems and social justice. She explores the role of beliefs, such as mindsets, self-efficacy, stereotypes, and political ideologies, in the experiences and the perceptions of individuals with stigmatized social identities, such as women and minorities in leadership or STEM fields, the overweight, or sexual minorities. Her work contributes to a better understanding of the role of belief systems in fundamental social issues, including ethical failures in leadership, intergroup discrimination, leadership and educational achievement gaps, and wealth inequality. These social issues are complex and challenging, and a scientific understanding of them can help ensure that relevant social policies and interventions are both informed and intentional.

Dr. Hoyt has received grants and awards recognizing her teaching and research. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a recipient of the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and appears in journals, such as Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and The Leadership Quarterly. She has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters and has co-edited three books. Her research and writing has been featured in news outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the Boston Globe, the Today Show, and NPR’s Tell Me More, among others.


Outstanding Alumni Award, Psychology Department, Claremont McKenna College, 2012

Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond, 2009

Selected Publications

Goethals, A., & Hoyt, C. (Eds.). (2017). Women and leadership: History, theories, and case studies. Berkshire Publishing.

Forsyth, D. R., & Hoyt, C. L. (Eds.). (2010). For the greater good of all: Perspectives on individualism, society, and leadership. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hoyt, C. L., Goethals, G. R., & Forsyth, D. R. (Eds.) (2008). Leadership and psychology, Vol.1 in J. Ciulla (Series Ed.) Leadership at the crossroads. Westport, CT: Praeger.


Hoyt, C. L., Moss, A. J., Burnette, J. L., Schieffelin, A., & Goethals, A. (in press). Wealth inequality and activism: Perceiving injustice galvanizes social change but perceptions depend on political ideologies. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Hoyt, C. L. & Simon, S. (2016). The role of social dominance orientation and patriotism in the evaluation of minority and female leaders. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 46, 518–528. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12380

Hoyt, C. L. & Murphy, S. (2016). Managing to clear the air: Stereotype threat, women, and leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 27(3), 387-399. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.11.002

Hoyt, C. L. & Goldin, A. (2016).  Political ideology and American intergroup discrimination: A patriotism perspective. The Journal of Social Psychology, 156(4), 369-381. DOI: 10.1080/00224545.2015.1106434

Hoyt, C. L. & Price, T. (2015). Ethical decision making and leadership: Merging social role and self-construal perspectives. Journal of Business Ethics, 126, 531-539.

Hoyt, C .L., Burnette, J., &  Auster-Gussman, L. (2014). "Obesity is a disease": Examining the self-regulatory impact of this public-health message. Psychological Science, 25, 997-1002.

Hoyt, C. L. (2013). Inspirational or self-deflating: The role of self-efficacy in elite role model effectiveness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 290-298.

Simon, S., & Hoyt, C. L. (2013). Exploring the effect of media images on women’s leadership self-perceptions and aspirations. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 16, 232-245.

Hoyt, C. L., Burnette, J., & Innella, A. (2012). I can do that: The impact of implicit theories on leadership role model effectiveness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 257-268.

Hoyt, C. L. (2012). Gender bias in employment contexts: A closer examination of the role incongruity principleJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 86-96.

Hoyt, C. L., Simon, S., & Innella, A. (2011).  Taking a turn toward the masculine: The impact of mortality salience on implicit leadership theories. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33, 374-381.

Hoyt, C. & Simon, S. (2011).  Female leader role models: Injurious or inspiring? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 143-157.

Hoyt, C.,  Johnson, S., Murphy, S., & Skinnell, K. (2010). The impact of blatant stereotype activation and group sex-composition on female leaders. Leadership Quarterly, 21, 716-732.

Hoyt, C. L. (2010). Women, men, and leadership: Exploring the gender gap at the top. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 484-498.

Burnette, J., Pollack, J. & Hoyt, C. (2010). Individual differences in implicit theories of leadership ability and self-efficacy: Predicting responses to stereotype threat. Journal of Leadership Studies, 3, 46-56.

Hoyt, C., & Blascovich, J. (2010). The role of self-efficacy and stereotype activation on cardiovascular, behavioral and self-report responses in the leadership domain.  Leadership Quarterly, 21, 89-103.

Hoyt, C. L., Simon, S., & Reid, L. (2009).  Choosing the best (wo)man for the job: The effects of mortality salience, sex, and gender stereotypes on leader evaluations.  Leadership Quarterly, 20, 233-246.

Simon, S., & Hoyt, C. (2008). Understanding the gender gap in support for a woman for president. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP), 8, 157-181.

Hoyt, C. L., Aguilar, L., Kaiser, C., Blascovich, J., & Lee, K. (2007).  The self-protective and undermining effects of attributional ambiguity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 884-893.

Hoyt, C. L. & Blascovich, J. (2007). Leadership efficacy and women leaders’ responses to stereotype activation. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10, 595-616.


Hoyt, C. L., & Goethals, A. (in press). Introduction. In G. Goethals, C. Hoyt, & K. Christensen (Eds.) Women and Leadership: History, Theories, and Case Studies. Berkshire Publishing.

Hoyt, C. L., & Simon, S. (in press). Social psychological approaches to women and leadership theory. In S. Madsen (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Burnette, J. L., Hoyt, C. L., & Orvidas, K. (in press). Mindsets of body weight. In C. Zedelius and J. Schooler (Eds.) Lay Theories. Springer.

Hoyt, C. (2015). Social identities and leadership: The case of gender. In G. Goethals, S. Alison, R. Kramer, & D. Messick’s Conceptions of Leadership:  Enduring Ideas and Emerging Insights (pp. 71-91). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hoyt, C. L., & Simon, S. (2015).  Women and leadership.  In P. Northouse’s Leadership: Theory and practice, 7th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hoyt, C. L. (2013). Leadership within virtual contexts. In Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (Ed.), The social net: Human behavior in cyberspace (2nd edition).  New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Hoyt, C. & Johnson, S. (2011).  Gender and leadership development: A case of female leaders. In S. Murphy’s (Ed.) Building the Next Generation of Leaders (pp. 205-228). Jossey Bass.

Goethals, G. & Hoyt, C.  (2011).  What makes leadership necessary, possible, and effective: The psychological dimensions.  In R. Riggio & M. Harvey (Eds.) Leadership Studies: The Dialogue of Disciplines (pp. 101-118). Edward Elgar.

Forsyth, D. R., & Hoyt, C. L. (2011).  Perspectives on individualism, collectivism, and the greater good.  In D. R. Forsyth & C. L. Hoyt (Eds.) For the Greater Good of All: Perspectives on Individualism, Society, and Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan.

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 2003
B.A., Claremont McKenna College 1997
Contact Information
(804) 287-6825
(804) 287-6062 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Women and Minority Leaders
Stereotypes and Discrimination
Complex social issues