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Mahzarin R. Banaji is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University

Mahzarin R. Banaji is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. Previously, she was the Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology at Yale University.

Banaji studies human thinking and feeling as it unfolds in social contexts. She is interested in the unconscious nature of assessments of self and other human beings that reflect feelings and knowledge, often unintended, about their social group membership (for example, age, race, ethnicity, gender, or class). Banaji is an experimental psychologist who also uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to explore the implications of her work for questions of individual responsibility and social justice in democratic societies.

Banaji is the president-elect of the Association for Psychological Science. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and in 2009 was named the Herbert A. Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Banaji has also been elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society for Experimental Psychologists.

Among her awards are Yale’s Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence, Columbia University’s Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice, the FPSP’s Carol and Ed Diener Award for outstanding contributions to social psychology, a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize. She has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Everyone is biased: Harvard professor’s work reveals we barely know our own minds

Mahzarin R. Banaji was starting out as an assistant professor of psychology at Yale University in the late 1980s, at a time when women professors were scarce enough that administrators eager to offer a class on the psychology of gender turned to her. Banaji had no expertise in the area; her research focused on memory. But she said she would do it, and she quickly found herself inhabiting the overlapping worlds of gender studies and psychology.

Mahzarin R. Banaji

Mahzarin R. Banaji (Boston, United States) Professor of Psychology & Social Ethics, Harvard University

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