Dr. Banaji received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1986 and taught at Yale University for 15 years, where she was the Ruben Post Halleck Professor of Psychology, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and received the Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence. Since 2002, she has been the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University; during which time she also served as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2002-2008) and the Cowan Chair in Human Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute (2011-2014).
Her significant research contributions have been recognized by a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association (2007) and the Diener Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology (2009). In 2016, she received both the William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science for a “lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology” and the Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Dr. Banaji was also named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychologists.