Benjamin Converse

Benjamin Converse

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Psychology

Education & Training
Ph.D., Managerial and Organizational Behavior, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (Center for Decision Research), 2010
B.A., Psychological and Brain Sciences, High Honors, Dartmouth College, 2004

Benjamin Converse is an associate professor of public policy and psychology at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Department of Psychology. His research focuses on motivation, social judgment, problem solving and decision making. He teaches courses related to leadership and negotiations.

As the principal investigator of the Social Behavior and Decisions (SoBaD) Lab, Converse collaborates with postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate researchers to understand how people achieve personal and collective goals in a resource-constrained and social world. Recent projects have focused on competitive relationships, problem-solving strategies and long-term goal pursuit.

His research has been published in journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and American Psychologist, and has been covered in outlets such as The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. His essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Scientific American.