She is an Academic Member of the Behavioral Finance Forum,
a Fellow at the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University,
an Oversight Board Member at the ING Institute for Retirement Research,
and an Institute Fellow at TIAA-CREF.
She was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and has received grants from such institutions as The Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, Citigroup Behavioral Sciences Research Council, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation.
She has taught courses in Management, specifically in Globalization, Leadership, Entrepreneurial Creativity, and Decision Making at Columbia Business School and at the World Economics Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.
She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in English from the College of Arts and Sciences.
She then earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University. Her dissertation, “Choice and its Discontents,” which asks the question: are there circumstances in which people are better off when they have their choices limited or entirely removed, received the prestigious Best Dissertation Award for 1998 from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.
Her research appears in academic journals of a wide range of disciplines such as economics, psychology, management, and marketing. Her research has been cited in such periodicals as Fortune and Time magazines, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on National Public Radio and in books such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz.
And she has written a book, “The Art of Choosing“, which explores the mysteries of choice in everyday life.
And she is blind from her childhood!
She is an American citizen born to Sikh parents.
Watch her speaking with such profound confidence and authority:
If you can read Tamil, please view my journal entry on people who could see better than us without eyes..!
- Chayya chayya song in Hollywood movie Inside Man
- How a lone nut transforms into a leader or a Guru!