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Maya Shankar : Biography at a Glance

  • Maya Shankar is currently Google’s Global Director of Behavioral Economics.
  • Maya is the Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of Pushkin's A Slight Change of Plans podcast where she uncovers little-known personal stories and reflections from familiar names like Hillary Clinton, Tiffany Haddish, and Kacey Musgraves.
  • A Slight Change of Plans was named Show of the Year by Apple Podcasts in 2021.
  • She formerly served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she founded and served as Chair of the White House's Behavioral Science Team — a team of scientists charged with improving public policy using research insights about human behavior.
  • In 2016, Maya served as the first Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations under Ban Ki-moon.
  • She has also been profiled by the New Yorker and has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Forbes, and on NPR's All Things Considered, Freakonomics, and Hidden Brain.
  • Maya completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford, after receiving a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and a B.A. from Yale in cognitive science. 
  • She is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music's pre-college division and is a former private violin student of Itzhak Perlman.
Biography

Maya is currently Google’s Global Director of Behavioral Economics. Prior, Maya served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she founded and served as Chair of the White House's Behavioral Science Team — a team of scientists charged with improving public policy using research insights about human behavior. In 2016, Maya served as the first Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations under Ban Ki-moon.

Maya is also host of Pushkin's A Slight Change of Plans podcast where she leads intimate conversations that give an unvarnished look into how people navigate changes and ultimately grow. Maya uncovers little-known personal stories and reflections from familiar names like Hillary Clinton, Tiffany Haddish and Kacey Musgraves. A Slight Change of Plans was named Show of the Year by Apple Podcasts in 2021.

Maya completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford, after receiving a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and a B.A. from Yale in cognitive science. She has been profiled by the New Yorker and has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Forbes, and on NPR's All Things Considered, Freakonomics, and Hidden Brain.

Maya is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music's pre-college division and is a former private violin student of Itzhak Perlman.

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