Alana Conner

Alana Conner, PhD, is an experimental cultural psychologist and science communicator who writes, speaks, and consults about culture, psychology, health, and social innovation. Her most recent project is Clash! 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are (Penguin/Hudson Street Press, 2013), which she coauthored with Stanford psychology professor Hazel Rose Markus. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Television, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, where she served as senior editor for five years. She also led the development of hands-on exhibits and education programs as vice president of content at The Tech Museum of Innovation.

Dr. Conner earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University, her doctorate in cultural psychology from Stanford University, and her postdoctoral certificate in health psychology from the University of California, San Francisco. Her award-winning research examined social class and cultural differences in decision-making and health at sites ranging from Kyoto, Japan, and Mumbai, India, to Little Rock, Arkansas. In her consulting practice, she applies her research findings by designing interventions that enhance the well-being of diverse populations around the world.

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Published work

Clash!: 8 Cultural Conflicts that Make Us Who We Are (Penguin/Hudson Street Press, 2013)