Sara Wingrove

Sara Wingrove is a third year PhD candidate in the Management & Organizations department at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to attending Duke University, Sara received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research interests explore perceptions of motivation, interpersonal goal pursuit, and knowledge overlap. Her dissertation will examine how people form meta-expectations (expectations about the expectations others hold for themselves) based on social class. Her preliminary work suggests that people expect individuals from lower socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds to expect less from themselves and to set less challenging goals for themselves. Because people expect lower SES individuals to set less challenging goals, lower SES individuals are evaluated less favorably in the context of hiring and work performance. In her dissertation, she will explore how these discriminatory assumptions about goal pursuit prevent social mobility and maintain the status quo.

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