Prof. Kelly Goldsmith

Having less. Doing more.



Dr. Goldsmith is a behavioral scientist who examines people‚Äôs responses to uncertainty and scarcity, uncovering and explaining seemingly paradoxical effects.

She received her doctorate from Yale University in 2009. Next, she joined the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management where she was consistently one of the highest rated instructors, receiving multiple honors and awards for both her research and teaching. In 2014, she was named as one of the "Top 40 Most Outstanding B-School Professors in the World Under 40" (Poets & Quants) and one of "Eight Young B-School Professors on the Rise" (Fortune). In 2017, she joined the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt as an Associate Professor of Marketing with tenure.

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Goldsmith frequently consults and lectures on the following topics:

  • How to Survive and Thrive in a Climate of Scarcity

  • Goal Setting and Time Management

  • Behavioral Economics for Managerial Decision Making

  • Quantitative Methods for Marketing Research

  • Survey Design


Vanderbilt University | Owen Graduate School of Management
Associate Professor with Tenure
2017 - present

Northwestern University | Kellogg School of Management
Assistant Professsor
2009 - 2017



Yale University
M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.

Duke University
B.A. Cum Laude

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