Lehman Benson, Ph.D.

DEPT: Executive Office of the President
Vice President of Black Advancement and Engagement, University of Arizona
Juneteenth Committee Chair
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1200 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210021
Tucson, AZ 85721

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Dr. Lehman Benson III is the Vice President of Black Advancement and Engagement at the University of Arizona. In this role, he provides guidance and support to Black students, faculty, staff, and the wider community. He is committed to growing the University's capacity for Black advancement and engagement. He also serves as the Executive Office of the President's faculty liaison to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Beyond these duties, Dr. Benson collaborates with colleagues at the University of Arizona’s Athletics Department and the Arizona Healthcare Leadership Academy. He is a member of the University’s Inter-collegiate Athletic Committee and has conducted seminars on time management and personal brand management with the University of Arizona’s men’s basketball team. 

Dr. Benson’s ongoing research examines the effect of stress, time constraints, risk assessment, and feedback on judgment and decision-making. He teaches courses in Personal Brand Management, Organizational Behavior, Bargaining and Negotiation, Leadership, and Human Resource Management. He has taught at the University of Lund (Sweden), the University of California (San Diego), and Duke University.

Teaching Interests

  • Negotiations and Compliance
  • Sports Management
  • Leadership in Organizations

Publications and Working Papers

Selected Publications
  • Motro, D., Evans, J.B., Ellis, A.P. J., & Benson, III, L. (2022) The “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype at Work. Harvard Business Review
  • Motro, D., Evans, J.B., Ellis, A.P. J., & Benson, III, L. (2021) Race and Reactions to Women’s Expressions of Anger at work: Examining the Effects of the “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Ordóñez, L. D., Benson, L., & Pittarello, A. (2016). Time Pressure Perception and Decision Making. In G. Keren and G. Wu (Eds): The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making
  • Cropanzano, R., Li. A., Benson, L. (2011).  Peer justice and teamwork process.  Group and Organization Management, 36 (5), 567-596.
  • Goldman, B., Cropanzano, R., Stein, J., & Benson III, L., (2008). The role of third-parties/mediation in resolving conflict in organizations. In Gelfand, m.j. & De Dreu, C.K.W. (Eds), The psychology of conflict and conflict management in organizations [SIOP Frontiers Series] (pp.291-320). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Janakiraman, N., & Benson III, L. (2008). Effects of service time on perceived wait in queue: Role of fairness and expectations. In Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35, eds. Angela Y. Lee and Dilip Soman, Duluth, MN: Association for consumer Research.


  • PhD, Lund University, Sweden
  • MA, University of California, San Diego
  • BA, University of California, Davis
  • Risk Management for Corporate Leaders Certificate: Harvard Business School Executive Education