Neil Lewis

Behavioral scientist studying the impact of social interventions and policies.

RADAR THINKER

Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023. 

FAST FACT

Participated in White House briefing ‘Behavioral Science Insights for COVID-19.’

FAST FACT

President’s and Provost’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service through Diversity, Cornell University, 2022.

Ideas

Lewis’s research examines how people’s social contexts and identities influence how they make sense of the world around them, and the implications of those meaning-making processes for their motivation to pursue a variety of goals in life. He is interested in the consequences of these processes not only for individuals, but also for the communities, organizations, and societies those individuals are embedded in; he is particularly interested in using insights from research findings to improve educational, health, and environmental outcomes for individuals and societies.

Bio

Assistant professor of communication and social behavior at Cornell University, and assistant professor of communication research in medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Lewis also co-directs Cornell’s Action Research Collaborative, an institutional hub that brings together researchers, practitioners, community members, and policymakers to collaborate on projects and initiatives to address pressing equity issues in society. Lewis received his BA in economics and psychology from Cornell University and his MS and PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan.

Content

‘What Happens When American Children Learn About Racism?’ (FivethirtyEight, 17 June 2022); ‘How White Victimhood Fuels Republican Politics’ (with Alex Samuels, FivethirtyEight, 21 March 2022); ‘Democrats Helped Build The Social Safety Net. Why Are Many Now Against Expanding It?’ (with Alex Samuels, FivethirtyEight, 15 February 2022); ‘Why Many Americans Underestimate Who Is Most Concerned About The Environment’ (FivethirtyEight, 18 November 2021); ‘Why Many Americans Can’t See The Wealth Gap Between White And Black America’ (FivethirtyEight, 17 July 2021); ‘COVID-19 Reminded Us Of Just How Unequal America Is’ (FivethirtyEight, 29 March 2021); ‘Why Coming Up With Effective Interventions To Address COVID-19 Is So Hard’ (FivethirtyEight, 14 September 2020).

NATIONALITY: American

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Verdict

“Making an important contribution to work motivation and DEI.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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