Deborah Gruenfeld is a social psychologist who has been teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for almost 15 years. She created one of the most popular course there called Acting With power which is the inspiration for writing this book.
She has a Masters in Journalism from NYU and a PhD in Psychology from University of Illinois. She began her academic career at Northwestern before being recruited to come to Stanford. She is widely published in her field and is a frequent keynote and
featured speaker at executive conferences and internal events at large corporations.