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Social Psychologist

Amy Cuddy

Harvard Lecturer, Best-Selling Author, TED Speaker

Dr. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist, bestselling author, award-winning Harvard lecturer, and expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. Cuddy earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005 and was a professor at Harvard Business School from 2008 to 2017, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2006 to 2008, and Rutgers University from 2005 to 2006. She continues to teach at Harvard Business School in executive education. Cuddy’s first book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges is a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 35 languages. As described in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, “Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious—above all, truly powerful.” She is currently writing her second book, Bullies, Bystanders, and Bravehearts (anticipated publication: 2021), which delves into the psychological causes and consequences of bullying among adults, a pervasive and often devastating problem, and the steps that we all must take to move toward social bravery in our daily lives and broader culture. Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” named by The Guardian as ‘One of 20 Online Talks that Could Change Your Life,’ has been viewed more than 50 million times and is the second-most-viewed TED Talk. Focusing on the power of prejudice and stereotyping, nonverbal behavior, the delicate balance of trustworthiness and strength, and the ways in which people can affect their own thoughts, feelings, performance, and psychological and physical well-being, she speaks about how we can become more present, influential, compassionate, brave, and satisfied in our professional and personal lives. She has given keynote addresses to a wide range of audiences all over the world.