I am a cultural scientist who studies, writes about, and consults on culture, psychology, and health. My most recent work is Clash! 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are, which I coauthored with the redoubtable Hazel Rose Markus.
By day, I serve as the executive director of The Stanford Center for Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions (SPARQ), a “do tank” that aims to create and share social psychological insights with practitioners in business, government, and nonprofits. I also collaborate with clients to design interventions that enhance the well-being of diverse populations around the world. In addition, I work with scientists, business leaders, and other innovators to translate their ideas for general audiences. My clients include The World Bank, The Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC), Archimedes Inc., and many research labs.
Along the way, I picked up a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale, a doctorate in cultural psychology from Stanford, and a postdoctoral certificate in health psychology from the University of California, San Francisco.
I also read Tolstoy in Russia, crooned with the Yale Slavic Chorus in Bulgaria, studied football fans in Japan, plumbed the psyches of Wal-Mart shoppers in Arkansas, pedaled across Tanzania, summited Kilimanjaro, and served as vice president of content at The Tech Museum in the wilds of San Jose, Calif.
Now that I’ve settled down a bit, I mostly just walk the cat and answer email at this address: firstname at firstname lastname dot com.
Oh yes. My family and friends pronounce my name “ah-LAY-nah,” but you can call me “ah-LAH-nah” if that more thoroughly tickles your fancy.