Susan Tufts Fiske

Princeton University
Psychologist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Psychological Sciences

Susan T. Fiske is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton University. Professor Fiske's research addresses how stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are encouraged or discouraged by social relationships, such as cooperation, competition, and power. Her work focuses on cultural stereotypes and prejudice based on race, gender, age, and class. Her lab's recent work also uses the tools of social neuroscience to search for neural signatures of prejudices and to examine power relations. Her work on emotional prejudices (pity, contempt, envy, and pride) at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels, has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation and by the National Institute of Health. 

Among her recent books are Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides US.She has written more than 300 articles and chapters, as well as edited many books and journal issues. Notably, she edits the Annual Review of Psychology (with Schacter and Tayler) and the Handbook of Social Psychology (with Gilbert and Lindzey). She also edits for PNAS and founded Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Her expert testimony in discrimination cases was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1989 landmark decision on gender bias. In 1998, she also testified before President Clinton's Race Initiative Advisory Board. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. 

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