Burns USF Faculty University of San Francisco

Zachary Burns

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Malloy Hall, Room 316


Associate Professor Zachary C. Burns specializes in managerial and organizational behavior with research in the psychology of morality and ethics, applications in law, and judgment and decision-making. His works surrounds behavioral patterns, intellectual property and intentionality. Dr. Burns previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

He has had articles on his research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Boston University Law Review and Texas Law Review, as well as given presentations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Antonio, San Francisco and Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Burns earned his PhD. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he wrote his dissertation, “It all happened so slow!” The impact of action speed on assessments of intentionality. He also served as a graduate-level teaching assistant during his time there.



  • Ph.D. Managerial and Organizational Behavior, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Center for Decision Research, 2013
  • Masters Business Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2012
  • B.A. Mathematics, B.A. Economics, Cornell University, 2006

Awards & Distinctions

  • Deputy Dean Letter for Teaching Excellence, 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009
  • Student Travel Award, Stern School of Business 2011

Selected Publications

  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141: Predicting premeditation: Future behavior is seen as more intentional than past behavior. Burns, Z.C., Caruso, E.M. & Bartels, D.M. (2012).
  • Boston University Law Review, 9: What’s a name worth? Experimental tests of the value of attribution in intellectual property. Sprigman, C.J., Buccafusco, C.J., & Burns, Z.C. (2013).
  • Texas Law Review, 92: Experimental tests of intellectual property law’s creativity threshold. Buccafusco, C.J., Burns, Z.C., Fromer, J.C., & Sprigman, C.J. (2014).