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Lan Chaplin

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  • Associate Professor of Marketing

University of Illinois at Chicago                                                                               
College of Business Administration                                                                         Office: (312)413-8376
Department of Managerial Studies                                                                           E-mail:
601 S. Morgan Street (M/C 243)
Chicago, IL 60607


  • University of Minnesota—Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
                     Major: Marketing; Minor: Psychology
  • University of Pennsylvania—Bachelor of Arts in Biological Basis of Behavior
                     Concentration: Behavioral Medicine


  • Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Illinois-Chicago, Present
  • Associate Professor of Marketing (tenured), Villanova University, 2013
  • Assistant Professor of Marketing, Villanova University, 2010-2013
  • Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Arizona, 2008-2010
  • Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003-2007
  • Lecturer in Marketing, University of Minnesota, 2000-2002

Classes Taught

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Brand Management (Bachelor's and Master's) 

Research & Publications

Research Interests
  • Children's Happiness and Well-Being
  • Children's Consumer Behavior
  • Materialism
  • Self-Brand Connections
  • Branding
  • Gasiorowska, Agata, Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Tomasz Zaleskiewicz, Sandra Wygrab, and Kathleen D. Vohs (2015), “Money Cues Increase Agency and Decrease Prosociality Among Children: Early Signs of Market Mode Behaviors,” Psychological Science (in press).
  • Richins, Marsha L. and Lan Nguyen Chaplin (2015), "Material Parenting: HOw the Use of Goods in Parenting Fosters Materialism in the Next Generation", Journal of Consumer Research, 41 (6), 1333-1357
               *Lead article
               *Reprinted in JCR's Reserach Curations: transformative Consumer Research (Spring/Summer 2015; Curator: Julie Ozanne)
  • Chaplin, Lan Nguyen and Michael I. Norton (2015), “Why We Think We Can’t Dance: Theory of Mind and Performance in Children”,Child Development, 82 (2), 651-658
  • Chaplin, Lan Nguyen and Michael I. Norton (2015), “Why Don’t You Want to Sing and Dance in Public?” Scientific American, (February 24).
  • Chaplin, Lan Nguyen, Ronald P. Hill, and Deborah Roedder John (2014), “Poverty and Materialism:  A Look at Impoverished Versus Affluent Children”, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, 33 (1), 78-92.
  • Burroughs, James, Lan Nguyen Chaplin, Mario Pandelaere, Michael I. Norton, Nailya Ordabayeva, Alexander Gunz, and Leslie Dinauer (2013), "Using Motivation Theory to Develop a Transformative Consumer Research Agenda for Reducing Materialism in Society,"Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 32 (1), 18-31.
  • Cheng, Shirley, Tiffany Barnett White, and Lan Nguyen Chaplin (2012), “The Effects of Self-Brand Connections on Responses to Brand Failure: A New Look at the Consumer-Brand Relationship,” Journal of Consumer Psychology, 22 (April), 280-288.
  • Chaplin, Lan Nguyen and Deborah Roedder John (2010), “Interpersonal Influences on Adolescent Materialism: A New Look at the Role of Parents and Peers,” Journal of Consumer Psychology, 20 (April), 176-184.
  • Chaplin, Lan Nguyen and Tina M. Lowrey (2010), “The Development of Consumer-Based Consumption Constellations in Children,”Journal of Consumer Research, 36 (February), 757-777.
  • Chaplin, Lan Nguyen and Deborah Roedder John (2007), “Growing Up in a Material World: Age Differences in Materialism in Children and Adolescents,” Journal of Consumer Research, 34 (December), 480-493.
  • Chaplin, Lan Nguyen and Deborah Roedder John (2005), “The Development of Self-Brand Connections in Children and Adolescents,”Journal of Consumer Research, 32 (June), 119-129. 
Editorial Review Boards
  • Journal of Consumer Research, 2014- present
  • Journal of Positive Psychology, 2010- present
Other Languages
  • Vietnamese 
Community Involvement
  • University of Pennsylvania  -Penn Alumni Interview Program Member (since 2002)
  • Midwest Montessori Schools (Evanston, IL) -Volunteer
  • St. Francis Xavier School (Wilmette, IL) - Volunteer
  • Coach, Evanston Kindergarten Girls Lacrosse (2015-2016) (Evanston, IL, Fall 2015) - Volunteer


Awards & Affiliations

  • Journal of Consumer Research, Editorial Review Board, 2014-
  • Journal of Positive Psychology, Editorial Review Board, 2010-
  • Research Support Grant, Villanova School of Business, 2011, 2012
  • Villanova School of Business Summer Research Support, 2011, 2012
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Villanova University, 2011
  • Co-winner of the ACR Sheth Foundation Dissertation Competition for Public Purpose Research, 2002.
  • AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellow, University of Miami, June 2001.
  • Albert J. Haring Symposium Representative (Presenter), Indiana University, March 2000.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 2002-2003 academic year