Anuj Shah will join Princeton’s Department of Psychology and School of Public and International Affairs from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science. Shah earned an A.B. in Psychology and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University and Princeton University.
Shah’s research uses cognitive and social psychology as a lens into social issues, drawing on both laboratory experiments and large-scale field studies. In one line of work, he has examined how people make decisions when they lack resources, like money or time, with a particular focus on how poverty affects decision-making. In another line of work, he has studied how behavioral science can be used to improve criminal justice policies (such as how courts communicate with defendants and how police officers are trained) and programs to reduce involvement in crime.