James Ryerson has worked for two decades at the intersection of scholarship and journalism. Since 2003, he has been an editor at The New York Times, first at the Sunday Magazine and now at the Op-Ed page, specializing in editing pieces about the work of, or by, researchers and scholars. Ryerson is responsible for launching the Gray Matter column that appears weekly in the Sunday Review section of the Times, and which, as its name suggests, is designed to offer readers insight into some of the most intriguing questions about the human mind, the human body, and the world we inhabit.
Before working at the Times, Ryerson was an editor at Lingua Franca: The Review of Academic Life; Legal Affairs: The Magazine of Yale Law School; and the science, culture, and technology magazine Feed. Ryerson himself also has experience writing on academic topics: He has written introductions to Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will, by David Foster Wallace (Columbia University Press) and Take Care of Freedom and Truth Will Take Care of Itself: Interviews with Richard Rorty (Stanford University Press). He is also currently the Ivory Tower columnist for The New York Times Book Review, covering university press books. He has lectured on the “journalism of ideas” at Columbia University, New York University and Yale University.
Dr. David DeSteno’s research centers on the role of emotion in social cognition and social behavior. His lab takes a multilevel and multiprocess approach to examining the psychological functions, phenomenologies, and sequelae that are associated with discrete emotional states. He has authored several pieces for The New York Times, as well as for major magazines (e.g., The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Pacific Standard). He has authored three trade books: Out of Character (a Wall Street Journal psychology best seller), The Truth About Trust, and Emotional Success (to be released in the Winter of 2018).
Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett’s research focuses on the nature of emotion from the perspectives of both psychology and neuroscience, and takes inspiration from anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics. She has written pieces for The New York Times, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, and The Chronicle for Higher Education, among others. Her trade book, How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, was released in March 2017. Dr. Barrett was recently awarded the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association for Psychological Science and Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science from the American Psychological Association. She is an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada.