Faculty Research Speaker Series

Neil Lewis, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior, Cornell University
Feb. 16, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Neil Lewis, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University, with graduate field appointments in Communicationand Psychology. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality. Prior to his current position, he 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. He 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.

He is 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.” He is also on the incoming Editorial Board of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. Previously, he was Co-Editor of the Michigan Journal of Sustainability

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