Shabnam Mousavi

Shabnam Mousavi was once an electrical engineer, then obtained a Ph.D. in Economics and one in Statistics from Virginia Tech. She is a nondisciplinary scientist exploring the many aspects of human action. She has held university faculty positions in finance at Johns Hopkins and Georgia State and in statistics at Penn State. She has been a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin since 2007, as well as a network member of the University of Chicago Wisdom Project since 2008 (grant recipient 2008-11). She is president of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (2018-20). Shabnam is editor-in-chief for Mind and Society and serves on journal editorial boards of Behavioral Economics for Public Policy, and Behavioral and Experimental Economics; the steering committee of the Bank of Italy BEFAIRLY initiative; and the advisory boards of Evonomics and the Ethics Labs of the Technical University of Munich. Her work emanates from interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars of psychology, economics, philosophy, statistics, and education; appeared in academic journals across disciplines, including Brain and Behavioral Science, Business Research, Economic Methodology, Quality Technology, Risk Management in Financial Institutions; and featured internationally in Changing Business, Die Zeit, Johns Hopkins Health Review, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Science News, CBC’s The Current, and Conversation. She is co-author/co-editor of Handbook of Behavioral Economics (2017), Behavioral Finance Revolution (2018), and A Fast and Frugal Finance (forthcoming). She is a recipient of a Think Forward Initiative grant from the ING Bank (2019-20). Recently, she received a Volkswagen “Original –isn’t it?” Award to expand on her ideas for connecting humanities to social sciences through formal and historical treatments of emotions. Currently, she is writing her book entitled Fast and Frugal Decision Making on the implications of the cognitive sciences for policymaking and the study of individual behavior and organizations.