Welcome to New Faculty: Laura Niemi

By: Staff,  A&S Communications
Thu, 08/20/2020

Name and title: 

Laura Niemi, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Academic focus:

Moral psychology, social psychology, cognitive science, psychology of language

Current research project: 

I study how people judge each other, make morally relevant decisions, and live out their values. 

Previous positions: 

  • Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, 2018-2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University, 2017-2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 2015-2017

Academic background:

  • Ph. D. Social psychology and social neuroscience, Boston College, 2015
  • M. A. Mental health counseling and art therapy, Lesley University, 2011
  • B. A. Studio arts, Clark University, 2002

Last book read:

“How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend” by the Monks of New Skete

In your own time/when not working:

Cooking or baking, house projects, road trips, our giant puppy

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Psychology of Good and Evil, Work and Well-Being

What most excites you about Cornell: 

The earthiness; the embrace of interdisciplinary research; collaborating with moral psychologists across schools and departments

Twitter handle:


   Golidwin Smith hall in fall