Kathleen Vohs

Kathleen Vohs named Highly Ranked Scholar by ScholarGPS

Friday, May 17, 2024

Kathleen Vohs
Professor Kathleen Vohs

Kathleen Vohs, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O’Lakes Professor in Marketing at the Carlson School, has been named a Highly Ranked Scholar by ScholarGPS.

According to ScholarGPS, Highly Ranked Scholars™ are “the most productive (number of publications) authors whose works are of profound impact (citations) and of utmost quality.”

Vohs’ rankings are:

  • #19 Marketing
  • #114 Business and Management

“Your prolific publication record, the high impact of your work, and the outstanding quality of your scholarly contributions have placed you in the top 0.05 percent of all scholars worldwide,” ScholarGPS wrote in an email to Vohs. The rankings are based on accomplishments over the totality of a scholar’s career and over the prior five years.

Vohs, who has taught at the Carlson School since 2005, felt honored by the recognition. “I’m surprised, delighted, and honored to be in this esteemed group of scholars. My goal as a scholar is for my research to have an impact, not only in my field, but for human beings and society at large. This selection is both a signal of achieving that goal and motivation to continue doing so in the years to come,” she said.

As a researcher, Vohs works to understand and communicate the basics of how people think, feel, and behave in order to make sense of marketplace and organizational outcomes. Her research specialties include self-control, the hidden costs of decision making, the psychology of money, the difference between a meaningful and happy life, and heterosexual sexual negotiations. Vohs has authored more than 250 scholarly publications and has been the editor of nine books.

“It’s great to see Kathleen recognized for her outstanding contributions and impact,” said Dean Jamie Prenkert. “Being in the top 0.05 percent of all scholars worldwide puts her in quite rarified air, and we’re very proud!”

Also this week, Vohs was recognized as an “established thought leader” in marketing. In a new paper published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Vohs ranked in the top 10 percent for the impact of her scholarship, based on the quality of the journal in which papers have been published and their citations.