Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Stanford Impact Labs has just launched its postdoctoral fellowship program, supporting selected fellows to work in partnership with social science labs across Stanford University. Fellows have the opportunity to contribute to the research goals of the lab in which they are working, engaging in collaborative, impact-focused research. The program is intended to also elevate the scientific insights of our fellows and public impact scholarship more broadly, growing the community of scholars dedicated to tackling social problems through science.

This year’s postdoctoral fellows (beginning fall 2021) will be working with three participating labs addressing some of the most challenging social problems, including:


  • Polarization and Social Change Lab, a research team exploring how to most effectively promote depolarization in the context of stark polarization in the United States, part of the lab’s broader research agenda on political polarization; framing, messaging, and persuasion; political dimensions of inequality; social movement mobilization; and online political behavior, led by Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior.
  • Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab (POVGOV), an action-oriented research lab enhancing transparency and democratic accountability of law enforcement and criminal justice systems, and offering solutions to lawlessness and violence; with new projects on Temporary Worker Programs and their promise to simultaneously combat poverty and violence, led by Beatriz Magaloni, Professor of Political Science.  
  • VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, a collaborative community working to understand the specific barriers faced by women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in the workplace, and implementing and evaluating interventions to increase women’s representation, persistence, and inclusion in male and white dominated learning and work environments, led by Shelley Correll, Professor of Sociology and Organizational Behavior.