Neil Lewis, Jr. | University of Michigan

Hi, I’m Neil and I study motivation and goal pursuit, most often in the domains of education and health.

I am a PhD Candidate in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan, where I am also the Interim Director of the Preparation Initiative Program in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. In addition, I am a Fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE), and a Doctoral Student Affiliate at the Dornsife Center for the Mind and Society at the University of Southern California. I earned my BA in Economics and Psychology at Cornell University, and my MS in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.

I am finishing a term as Co-Editor of the Michigan Journal of SustainabilityFor the next year, I will be Co-Editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology‘s 2018 Special Issue “Health In Context: New Perspectives on Healthy Thinking and Healthy Living.”

In Fall 2017, I will be returning to Cornell University as Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior, with graduate field appointments in Communication and Psychology. In addition, I will be a Faculty Affiliate at the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality.

My research generally asks two basic 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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