Maya Shankar Joins Center as Research Scholar

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016
by lesliej

The Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest Research Scholar—Maya Shankar. Maya has been assigned to serve concurrently as a Senior Advisor for Behavioral Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Center has an on-going goal of translating behavioral science research into actionable policy initiatives. Maya brings a wealth of both academic and applied experience to the Research Scholar position. With a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from Oxford and a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford, she moved into the world of policy work in 2013 when she joined the White House. She founded and now chairs the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, a cross-agency group of behavioral science experts who have been charged with translating research insights and methods from the behavioral sciences into improvements in Federal policies and programs. Maya also was recruited by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve as the first-ever Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations, a role she performed alongside her White House job beginning in January 2016.

We are pleased to welcome Maya to Princeton and look forward to her involvement with our students and faculty.


UPDATE: In Fall 2016, Maya served as Visiting Research Scholar in the Center.  During her time on campus, she addressed students on the challenges of incorporating behavioral science into government and how she built relationships with a umber of agencies to bring behavioral insights to the policy world.  She also met with faculty and alumni to discuss application of their research.  Her tenure at Princeton ended in February 2017, when she departed to become Google's first Head of Behavioral Insights.