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Douglas Medin

Professor, Department of Psychology

Douglas Medin is a Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and a Professor in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.  Broadly speaking, much of his research has focused on cultural differences in ways of looking at the world and people’s understandings of human-nature relations.  This includes cross-cultural studies of biological categorization and reasoning, cultural and cognitive dimensions of moral reasoning and decision making, and culturally- and community-based science education.

For more than two decades this research has focused on Indigenous communities in general and Native American communities in particular, the latter in collaboration with Native scholars and community members.

At Northwestern, Dr. Medin has been faculty advisor to the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance, a member of the Native American and Inclusion Taskforce (2014), and a member of the Native American & Indigenous Peoples Steering Group in (since 2015). Further afield, he served on the 2009 NRC committee on Informal Science Learning, is a recipient of the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Education. He was honored in 2013 with the Association for Psychological Science William James award for lifetime achievements in psychology. 

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