Julia Minson

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Center for Public Leadership
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 124
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-3204
Email: Julia_Minson@hks.harvard.edu
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Julia Minson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy. She is a social psychologist with research interests in group judgment and decision-making, negotiations, and social influence. Her primary line of research addresses psychological biases that prevent managers, consumers, and policy-makers from gaining maximum value from collaboration. She also studies the conditions that make people willing to listen and be receptive to views and opinions they strongly oppose. Her most recent work deals with structuring group interaction to maximize decision-making effectiveness. 


Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Minson served as a Lecturer at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she taught Negotiations at both the MBA and the undergraduate levels. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University and her BA in Psychology from Harvard University. 




  • MLD-224-A Behavioral Science of Negotiations
  • MLD-224-B Behavioral Science of Negotiations


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Chen, Frances S., Julia A. Minson, Maren Schöne, and Markus Heinrichs. "In the Eye of the Beholder: Eye Contact Increases Resistance to Persuasion." Psychological Science 24.11 (November 2013): 2254-2261.