2016 ECC Speaker: Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji
July 13, 2016
Our third speaker at this year’s conference will be Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji.
Mahzarin Banaji taught at Yale for 15 years where she was Ruben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology. Since 2002 she has been Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard while also serving as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and currently as Chair of the Department of Psychology. She is also currently Harvard College Professor in recognition for excellence in teaching and advising. Banaji is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Herbert Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the British Academy. She has received several awards, among them Yale's Hixon Prize for teaching excellence, a Guggenheim fellowship, a citation from the President of the American Psychological Association, the Diener Prize for outstanding contributions to social psychology and named William James Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for significant lifetime contributions to the basic science of psychology, an organization of which she also served as president. In 2014 Banaji received Barnard College's highest honor, the Medal of Distinction and an honorary degree from Smith College. In 2016 she will receive honorary degrees from Colgate University and the University of Helsinki. Professor Banaji studies unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social group contexts, especially implicit decisions about people's worth, goodness, and competence. She is the author of the book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People with Anthony Greenwald, published by Random House. Mahzarin Banaji was born and raised in India, received her PhD From Ohio State University and did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington.