Recognized as a leader in social psychology, Claude M. Steele was a CASBS fellow in the class of 1994–95 and is highly regarded for his work on stereotype threat, an experience of anxiety or worry about confirming negative stereotypes of one’s social group. During his time as director, Steele worked on the acclaimed book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. Part of the Tyler Collection at CASBS, the book addresses minority underperformance in higher education.
Born in Phoenix, Illinois, Steele earned his PhD at Ohio State University. He has taught at the University of Utah, University of Washington, and University of Michigan. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.