Neil Lewis, Jr. | Cornell University
Hi, I’m Neil and I study motivation and goal pursuit, most often in the domains of education and health.
I am an incoming Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University, with graduate field appointments in Communication and Psychology. I will also be a Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality. Prior to accepting my position at Cornell, I was a PhD Candidate in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan, a Fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE), and Interim Director of the Preparation Initiative Program in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. 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.” Previously, I was Co-Editor of the Michigan Journal of Sustainability.
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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