Neil Lewis, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University, with graduate faculty appointments in Communication and Psychology. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Center, Center for Health Equity, Center for the Study of Inequality, and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Previously, Lewis was Interim Director of the Preparation Initiative Program in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and was a Fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course. Lewis is a first-generation college graduate. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Psychology at Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Lewis is one of the authors of Science‘s “Letters To Young Scientists” series and is on the Editorial Board of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. He previously co-edited the Michigan Journal of Sustainability and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology‘s 2018 Special Issue “Health In Context: New Perspectives on Healthy Thinking and Healthy Living.”
Lewis’s research focuses on how the interplay between people’s identities and social contexts influence their motivation to pursue their goals, and their success in goal pursuit efforts. He most often studies these processes in the domains of education, health, and sustainability, in hopes that a better understanding of these processes can provide useful insights for developing interventions to help people achieve their goals in these domains. He is particularly interested developing and scaling interventions that can reduce disparities in education, health, and environmental outcomes.
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