Alana Conner, PhD, is a cultural psychologist and science communicator who writes and consults about culture, class, psychology, health, and social innovation.
By day, she collaborates with clients such as The World Bank, Kaiser Permanente, and the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center to design communications that enhance the well-being of diverse populations around the world.
By night, she writes for a variety of venues, which have included The New York Times Magazine, The Huffington Post, EDGE.org, National Geographic Television, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, where she served as senior editor for five years. Her most recent project is Clash! 8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are (Penguin/Hudson Street Press, 2013), which she coauthored with Stanford psychology professor Hazel Rose Markus.
Alana earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from Yale University, her doctorate in cultural psychology from Stanford University, and her postdoctoral certificate in health psychology from the University of California, San Francisco. Her award-winning research examined social class and cultural differences in decision-making and health at sites such as Kyoto, Japan; Mumbai, India; and Little Rock, AR. A native of Memphis, TN, she now makes her home in San Francisco, CA, where she rides the bike, walks the cat, and bakes the vegan bacon cake.