Dr. Neil A. Lewis, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior with graduate field appointments in Communication and Psychology. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Center for the Study of Inequality and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Trained as a social psychologist, Dr. Lewis uses a variety of methods to study how the interplay between people's identities and social contexts influence motivation and goal pursuit processes. His goal in this program of research is to understand processes underlying social disparities (e.g., education and health disparities) in order to better develop policies to address them.
Professor Lewis’s research examines how and why people’s identities and social contexts interact to influence their motivation to pursue their goals and success in achieving them. He directs the Motivation and Goal Pursuit Lab which studies these processes most often in the domains of education and health. One goal of the lab is to use the knowledge gained from this research to inform interventions to improve outcomes and reduce social disparities
Professor Lewis teaches students how to use principles from the social and behavioral sciences to better understand their social world, and challenges them to use that knowledge to better the world around them. At the undergraduate level, he teaches courses on persuasion and social influence as well as stereotyping and implicit bias. At the graduate level, he teaches courses on research methodology in the social and behavioral sciences.