Adam Stanaland
Student

I am a dual PhD student in psychology and public policy at Duke University. My research explores how people understand and internalize social norms, as well as how policy shapes those norms (and vice versa). Right now, I am interested in understanding the causes and consequences of social pressure, such as the pressure that men feel related to hyper-masculine norms.

At the policy level, I seek to understand how social norms relate to adverse behavior -- like boys' low performance in school and men's violence against women and LGBT+ people. Before coming to Duke, I worked in data strategy for the NYC Department of Education where I designed systems to reduce students’ barriers to success. This experience jumpstarted my interest in understanding how social norms influence our achievement, self-concept, and interpersonal behavior, especially for people from historically marginalized groups. 

Beyond my research, I am heavily involved in social impact consulting. As co-president of Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators, I advise interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from across Duke who provide pro bono consulting for nonprofits. Our work spans issues ranging from education inequality to ethical consumption, and we consult on all aspects of nonprofit efficiency, from program evaluation to strategic marketing.

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