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Sara Constantino

Lecturer; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

Sara Constantino is an interdisciplinary social scientist, with a focus on behavioral economics and judgment and decision making. She holds a masters in economics from University College London and a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from New York University. Her Ph.D. research focused on understanding how individuals make economic decisions in complex and novel environments. As part of this work, she modeled individual decisions to exploit known resources or explore unknown options by combining theories, techniques and insights from machine learning, ecology, psychology, neuroscience and economics. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where she continues to study decision making but now at the level of the collective or organization in an attempt to understand how decisions are affected by their social, institutional and ecological contexts. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of social norms and organizations in sustainability.

In parallel to her academic work, Sara has also worked as an editor at Springer Nature and as a consultant, research fellow and data analyst on projects with various institutions, including the Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the World Bank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Havas and the Jain Family Institute, among others.

Sara has taught courses on behavioral economics, consumer neuroscience, negotiations, psychology and experimental methods at New York University and Princeton University.


  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.Sc., University College London
  • B.A., McGill University