LERA BORODITSKY is an associate professor of Cognitive Science at UCSD and editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. She previously served on the faculty at MIT and at Stanford. Her research is on the relationships between mind, world, and language (or how humans get so smart).
She has been named one of 25 Visionaries changing the world by the Utne Reader, and is also a Searle Scholar, a McDonnell scholar, recipient of an NSF Career award, and an APA Distinguished Scientist lecturer.
She has published academic articles with original research on many languages, including Navajo, Spanish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Indonesian, Kuuk Thaayorre, Wik Mungkan, and Mian. Her work is taught in courses and textbooks in Psychology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Law, Business, Marketing, Education, Communication, Literary Criticism and Computer Science around the world.
Her research has been widely featured in the media, including dozens of articles across outlets like the New York Times, the Economist, Newsweek, the Boston Globe, Scientific American. She has also written for the popular press on topics in language and cognition, including feature articles in the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American and The Economist.