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Neil Lewis Jr., assistant professor of communication and social behavior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and co-director of the Action Research Collaborative (ARC), was selected to be a member of the Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023. Thinkers50 acknowledges business and management ideas that “have the power to change the world.” Every January, the Thinkers50 Radar identifies a cohort of 30 thinkers whose ideas—or research—are predicted to make an important impact on management thinking in the future. Founders Des Dearlove and Stuart Craiglove selected Dr. Lewis for “making an important contribution to work motivation and [diversity, equity and inclusion] DEI.”

Dr. Lewis’ research examines how people’s social contexts and identities influence how they make sense of the world around them, and the implications of those meaning-making processes for their motivation to pursue a variety of goals in life. He writes about the application of social and behavioral science research in policy and practice at The Atlantic, and previously FiveThirtyEight, with a special focus on using insights from research findings to improve educational, health, and environmental outcomes for individuals and societies.

In 2022, Dr. Lewis was also honored for his contributions to diversity by Cornell’s President and Provost Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service through Diversity.