Gilbert Collins

  • Director of Global Health Programs
  • Associate Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing

Janet Currie

  • Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
  • Chair, Department of Economics
  • Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Jeanne Altmann

  • Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Emeritus
  • Senior Scholar, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Ruha Benjamin

  • Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies

Eldar Shafir

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
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Eldar Shafir is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs.  Trained as a cognitive scientist, his work focuses on descriptive analyses of judgment and decision making and on issues related to behavioral economics.  Most recently, his interests have focused on decision making in the context of poverty and on the application of behavioral research to public policy.  He is Past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, a member of the Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics Roundtable, and a Fellow of the Filene Institute,  the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is a research affiliate of Innovations for Poverty Action, and co-founder and director of Ideas42, a social science R&D lab. He has held a number of visiting positions, among others at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the Kennedy School of Government, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires.  He has received several awards, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship. In January 2012, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.