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Robb Willer

Stanford University

Fellowship year

2021 - Stanford University - Study 11
2013 - University of California, Berkeley - Study 12

Faculty Fellow year

2024 - Stanford University

As a faculty fellow in 2023-24, Robb Willer will work on a project using Large Language Models (LLMs) to simulate experimental results in the social sciences. The forthcoming year will see him exploring the application of LLMs to political research, social science methodology, and the promotion of psychological well-being.

Willer is a professor of sociology, psychology and organizational behavior at Stanford University whose work centers on how to overcome political divisions to foster social change. He employs diverse methods in his research, including survey and behavioral experiments, natural language processing, fMRI, social network analysis. He has consulted for a number of organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the AFL-CIO, the Department of Justice, and two presidential campaigns. His TED talk “How to Have Better Political Conversations” has been viewed over 2.8 million times. Willer’s research has received widespread media coverage including from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, Science, Nature, Time, Slate, CNN, NBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. Willer was a CASBS fellow in 2012-13 and 2020-21.

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