About Eric Wanner


Eric Wanner has been President of the Russell Sage Foundation since 1986 and has taken a major hand in developing the Foundation’s long-standing research programs on behavioral economics, poverty and inequality in the United States, the economic and social impacts of U.S. immigration, and most recently, the causes and consequences of the accelerating changes in the nature of work in modern economies. Before assuming the presidency of the Russell Sage Foundation, Wanner served as a vice president and program officer at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where he started new interdisciplinary research initiatives in behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience. With a doctorate in psychology from Harvard University, Wanner served on the faculties at Harvard, Rockefeller University, and the University of Sussex before turning to foundation work.  His early research involved the development of cognitive models of language comprehension. Wanner is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was previously a Fulbright Fellow and Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities.

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