Three scholars who marry academic insights with actionable policy recommendations and interventions presented their work at the Center's spring Behavioral Policy Speaker Series.
On Thursday, April 6, Anuj Shah *10, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, presented a talk entitled "Varieties of Applied Psychology," in which he considers how psychology takes on a different shape when it is developed in the service of understanding social issues rather than describing the mind more generally. He discussed his theme in the context of psychological research on poverty, violence, and policing.
On Thursday, April 29, Hannah Riley Bowles, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, presented "Asking, Bending, and Shaping: A Reconceptualization of Gender in Career Negotiations." In the session, she presented preliminary findings and theoretical propositions generated from three qualitative studies of executives' career-related negotiations.
On Thursday, May 4, Cecilia Mo, Assistant Professor, Public Policy & Education and Faculty Fellow, Latin American Public Opinion Project, Vanderbilt University, considered whether there mechanisms by which the “haves” can see the perspective of the “have nots.” In her talk, "When Do the Advantaged See the Disadvantages of Others? A Quasi-Experimental Study of National Service," she presented data from a study on Teach for America teachers and discussed her findings, which have broad implications for our understanding of the impact of intergroup contact on perceptions of social justice and prejudice reduction.
All talks took place at 4:30 p.m. in 399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, the top-floor seminar room in the building where the Center is now housed. The lectures are free and open to the public.