Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald have been collaborating for more than 30 years to understand how minds operate in social contexts. Their special focus has been on the unconscious, automatic, less reflective aspects of the mind and the decisions humans make about themselves and others in society. Their analysis has centered on social categories of gender, race, age, class, sexuality, disability, religion, politics, nationality and the many other social groupings that mark modern societies.
The two met at Ohio State University in 1980, where Tony supervised Mahzarin’s master’s and PhD degree research. Mahzarin now teaches at Harvard University, Tony at University of Washington. Both were elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the American Academy for Arts and Science. Both were recognized with a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association.
Commenting on their relationship, they say in the book: “The power of ideas is such that it cuts across age, gender, ethnicity, religion, culture, and nationality to bring minds together in the search for something larger than the limitations these categories typically afford. To each other we can simply say that we are fully aware of our good fortune in having found a kindred spirit in the other. It is not easy to imagine an alternative intellectual existence that could have been superior.”
MAHZARIN R. BANAJI received her PhD from Ohio State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington. She taught at Yale University for 15 years, receiving the Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence. She is currently Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard. She served as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. At present, Banaji also serves as Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Diener Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology and is Herbert Simon Fellow of the Association for Social and Political Psychology.