Eli J. Finkel: Background

I earned my bachelor’s degree (1997) from Northwestern University before heading to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my PhD (2001). I am now back at Northwestern as a professor, with appointments in the psychology department (50%) and the Kellogg School of Management (50%). My research interests focus on close relationships, especially as such relationships interface with how people set, pursue, and achieve goals. Last year, I published The All-Or-Nothing Marriage, a book that presents a new theory of marriage and introduces the general public to the interdisciplinary scholarship on close relationships.

My eagerness to continue serving as Member at Large for Outreach/Advocacy derives from my broader desires to serve our discipline in general and SPSP in particular. Regarding our discipline, I am currently in the fifth year of a six-year term as Associate Editor at JPSP. I also serve as Associate Editor at Annual Review of Psychology, and I previously occupied this role at the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. I have served as Guest Editor at The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Current Opinion in Psychology. I currently serve as a consulting editor at Psychological Review, Psychological Inquiry, and Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

In terms of service to SPSP, I’ve served as co-chair of the program committee for our annual convention; as committee member, host, and instructor for the Summer Institute for Social and Personality Psychology; and as a member the Strategic Planning Task Force. I am among a few dozen scholars who have attended every SPSP convention thus far—and my hope is to attend at least the first 50 of them. My scholarship and my career have become increasingly interdisciplinary over time, but SPSP is, now and forever, my home.