Neil Lewis, Jr. | Cornell University

Hi, I’m Neil and I study motivation and goal pursuit processes and their implications for social disparities.

I am an Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University, with graduate field appointments in Communication and Psychology. I am also a Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, and a Fellow at the Dornsife Center for the Mind and Society at the University of Southern California. Prior to my current position, I was Interim Director of the Preparation Initiative Program in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE). I am a first-generation college graduate. I earned my B.A. in Economics and Psychology at Cornell University, and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.

I am currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology‘s 2018 Special Issue “Health In Context: New Perspectives on Healthy Thinking and Healthy Living.” I am also on the Editorial Board of Analyses of Social Issues and Public PolicyPreviously, I was Co-Editor of the Michigan Journal of Sustainability

My research generally asks two questions: (1) what motivates people to pursue our goals, and (2) how does the interplay between our identities and social contexts support or undermine our goal pursuit efforts? I am interested in using the answers to these questions to address social disparities, particularly disparities in education and health outcomes.

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