Carlson School assistant professor Vladas Griskevicius has been awarded one of 10 prestigious McKnight Land-Grant Professorships by the University of Minnesota. The award is granted to the University's most promising junior faculty members and is designed to advance the careers of assistant professors who are at the beginning stages of their professional careers. The Carlson School of Management is the only social science department at the University to receive a McKnight award.
"The McKnight professorship is the most competitive and distinguished early-career award given at the University to faculty members whose work shows early promise of path-breaking discovery, " said Sri Zaheer, Carlson School associate dean and Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility. "Vladas' work puts him in a very select group of University faculty indeed."
Griskevicius' research examines how evolutionary motives influence altruistic and pro-environmental behavior. His research finds that harnessing ancestral motives, such as the desire for status or affiliation, are powerful and low-cost levers for spurring charity donations, sustainable behaviors, and green product purchases.