Nancy E. Cantor

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Psychologist; Educator; Academic administrator
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Educational and Academic Leadership
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Research centers on personality, cognition, and social behavior. She has investigated human social intelligence and goal pursuit, using a variety of methods, from laboratory experiments to survey research and daily diary and experience-sampling of life events. In books and articles, she has articulated a cognitive-social theory of personality in which personal well-being is derived from participation in culturally-valued tasks. Life task participation provides a forward-looking organization to daily life and enhances social integration, along with affording the intrinsic rewards of activity. As Chancellor of a highly diverse urban research university, she works on the role of universities as engines of social mobility and anchor institutions in their home communities.
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