American Academy of Political and Social Science honors Paluck
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New AAPSS Fellow Elizabeth Levy Paluck Tackles Prejudice and Conflict Reduction with MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award

Elizabeth Levy Paluck, a distinguished professor at Princeton University, has been recognized for her outstanding work in prejudice and conflict reduction by the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Paluck, who holds a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, is known for her research in developing social norms to address conflict in various environments, including post-conflict regions and high schools.

President of the AAPSS, Marta Tienda, expressed excitement about welcoming a new group of accomplished fellows. She emphasized the importance of social science leaders in reimagining American world leadership and securing economic opportunities for future generations. Tienda, also a professor at Princeton, recognized Paluck’s contribution to the field.

Through large-scale field experiments, Paluck tests interventions targeting social norms and behavior, leading to advancements in the reduction of prejudice, violence, and conflict. Her research focuses on ethnic conflict, political conflict, conflicts among young people in schools, and violence against women.

Paluck joined Princeton in 2009 and holds a Ph.D. and B.S. in psychology from Yale University. She completed a fellowship at the Harvard Academy for International Affairs before joining Princeton. Her work has received numerous accolades, including two Robert B. Cialdini Awards for field research, an Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association

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