Cass Sunstein

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Preeminent Legal Scholar and Winner of the Holberg Prize; Former Administrator at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; New York Times Best-selling Co-author, “Nudge” and Author, “Too Much Information” (2020); Professor, Harvard Law School

Biography

“Cass Sunstein is the preeminent legal scholar of our time — the most wide-ranging, the most prolific, the most cited, and the most influential…His work in any one of the fields he pursues — administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, environmental law, to name a non-exhaustive few — would put him in the very front ranks of legal scholars; the combination is singular and breathtaking. He has a gift for framing and discussing issues in ways that invariably gain traction and make progress. And perhaps best of all, this individual superstar is also the consummate team player — a person whose passion for reasoned intellectual inquiry is contagious and who raises the level of everyone around him. If I could add only one person to the faculty, Cass would be that person, and I am thrilled beyond measure to announce his appointment.”

 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

In a sea of fake news and mass bewilderment, Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein is one of those rare voices of truth. Hard, honest truths. Sunstein challenges us to think hard about how leaders make decisions and how they can avoid errors that could potentially damage or compromise an organization, or society at large. He also asks the sharpest of questions, the kind that shake up and wake up audiences in need of a “Nudge,” the aptly titled name of The New York Times bestseller he coauthored with Richard H. Thaler.

As stakeholders in every area of business and government respond to the COVID-19 crisis, they are being forced to make changes that will reach far beyond the strategies and economics of their own organizations and industries. As an advisor, speaker and the most-cited law professor of our time, Sunstein continues to advise policymakers and business leaders across sectors as they wind their way through this crisis and prepare for a different future.

An expert on leveraging behavioral economics principles, Sunstein offers insights and methodologies that have also been embraced by scholars and the media, including The New York Times, where he was named “the most productive and probably the most influential liberal legal scholar of his generation.” Sunstein has served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, one of the world’s greatest scholarly honors for exemplary work in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology.

A fierce advocate for truth, bold change and designing a better future, Sunstein offers leaders practical strategies for affecting behavior in order to drive change away from the status quo. His keynotes, workshop sessions and advisory meetings can be customized to address the specific needs of an organization. Below is just a sampling of the timely and provocative topics he offers to meetings.

  • Nudging: Past, Present, Future
  • How Change Happens
  • What People Want to Know
  • The Cost-Benefit State
  • Sludge

Sunstein’s earlier books, “Simpler: The Future of Government” and “Republic.com,” received high praise. His book “Too Much Information” published in September 2020, his upcoming book Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception will be released on March 1, 2021, and “Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment will publish May 18, 2021. A frequent adviser to governments all over the world and a columnist for Bloomberg View, Sunstein is married to the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.

Cass Sunstein is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Books & Research

Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment

(Little, Brown Spark, May 2021)

Averting Catastrophe: Decision Theory for COVID-19, Climate Change, and Potential Disasters of All Kinds

(NYU Press, April 2021)

Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception

(Oxford University Press, March 2021)

Too Much Information: Understanding What You Don't Want to Know

(The MIT Press, September 2020)

How Change Happens

(The MIT Press, April 2019)

Conformity: The Power of Social Influences

(NYU Press, May 2019)

On Freedom

(Princeton University Press, February 2019)

The Cost-Benefit Revolution

(The MIT Press, August 2018)

The World According to Star Wars

(Dey Street Books, May 2016)

Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas

(Simon & Schuster, March 2014)

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

(Harvard Business Review Press, December 2014)

Simpler: The Future of Government

(Simon & Schuster, April 2013)

Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide

(Oxford University Press, March 2011)

Republic.com 2.0

(Princeton University Press, 2009)

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

(Penguin Randomhouse, February 2009)

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Sunstein, Cass

Biography

“Cass Sunstein is the preeminent legal scholar of our time — the most wide-ranging, the most prolific, the most cited, and the most influential…His work in any one of the fields he pursues — administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, environmental law, to name a non-exhaustive few — would put him in the very front ranks of legal scholars; the combination is singular and breathtaking. He has a gift for framing and discussing issues in ways that invariably gain traction and make progress. And perhaps best of all, this individual superstar is also the consummate team player — a person whose passion for reasoned intellectual inquiry is contagious and who raises the level of everyone around him. If I could add only one person to the faculty, Cass would be that person, and I am thrilled beyond measure to announce his appointment.”

 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

In a sea of fake news and mass bewilderment, Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein is one of those rare voices of truth. Hard, honest truths. Sunstein challenges us to think hard about how leaders make decisions and how they can avoid errors that could potentially damage or compromise an organization, or society at large. He also asks the sharpest of questions, the kind that shake up and wake up audiences in need of a “Nudge,” the aptly titled name of The New York Times bestseller he coauthored with Richard H. Thaler.

As stakeholders in every area of business and government respond to the COVID-19 crisis, they are being forced to make changes that will reach far beyond the strategies and economics of their own organizations and industries. As an advisor, speaker and the most-cited law professor of our time, Sunstein continues to advise policymakers and business leaders across sectors as they wind their way through this crisis and prepare for a different future.

An expert on leveraging behavioral economics principles, Sunstein offers insights and methodologies that have also been embraced by scholars and the media, including The New York Times, where he was named “the most productive and probably the most influential liberal legal scholar of his generation.” Sunstein has served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, one of the world’s greatest scholarly honors for exemplary work in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology.

A fierce advocate for truth, bold change and designing a better future, Sunstein offers leaders practical strategies for affecting behavior in order to drive change away from the status quo. His keynotes, workshop sessions and advisory meetings can be customized to address the specific needs of an organization. Below is just a sampling of the timely and provocative topics he offers to meetings.

  • Nudging: Past, Present, Future
  • How Change Happens
  • What People Want to Know
  • The Cost-Benefit State
  • Sludge

Sunstein’s earlier books, “Simpler: The Future of Government” and “Republic.com,” received high praise. His book “Too Much Information” published in September 2020, his upcoming book Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception will be released on March 1, 2021, and “Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment will publish May 18, 2021. A frequent adviser to governments all over the world and a columnist for Bloomberg View, Sunstein is married to the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.

Cass Sunstein is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

How to Defuse Polarization and Bridge Divides in Politics, Business and Society

While polarization is an age-old problem, managing and governing people in the 21st century has been complicated by increasingly divisive rhetoric within online and in person groups, creating damaging political and social divisions in every corner of the world. Business and government leaders looking for successful ways to bridge those divides will find Professor Sunstein’s insights invaluable. In this presentation, he shares the results of experiments he’s conducted which explain why such divides exist. He then outlines methods leaders can employ to promote unity, understanding and, ultimately, a successful way forward to solve common problems and reach common goals.

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“Cass Sunstein is the preeminent legal scholar of our time — the most wide-ranging, the most prolific, the most cited, and the most influential…His work in any one of the fields he pursues — administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, environmental law, to name a non-exhaustive few — would put him in the very front ranks of legal scholars; the combination is singular and breathtaking. He has a gift for framing and discussing issues in ways that invariably gain traction and make progress. And perhaps best of all, this individual superstar is also the consummate team player — a person whose passion for reasoned intellectual inquiry is contagious and who raises the level of everyone around him. If I could add only one person to the faculty, Cass would be that person, and I am thrilled beyond measure to announce his appointment.”

–  Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Praise for “Liars”

“A passionate and forceful argument from America’s pre-eminent legal scholar that our law ought to do more to protect the public from the harms of falsehood.”

– Robert Post, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School

“An increasing amount of what we hear and read is demonstrably factually false, and the acceptance of falsity has grave consequences for democratic decision-making. Drawing on legal doctrine, psychological research, and an impressive command of the dynamics of modern media, Cass Sunstein offers a sobering explanation of why factual falsity is increasingly prevalent in contemporary public discourse and why American free speech doctrine may do more to exacerbate than alleviate the problem. This book is essential reading in the modern political and media environment.”

– Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia

“An insightful, balanced, and readable book, by one of America’s leading legal scholars whether you ultimately agree with its suggestions or not, you will learn much from its analysis.”

– Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Advance Praise for “Too Much Information”

“An accessible treatise on the need to ensure that information improves citizens’ wellbeing with a narrative [that] is clear and relatable.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“Sunstein writes in clear, accessible language throughout. This balanced and well-informed take illuminates an obscure but significant corner of government policymaking.”

– Publishers Weekly

“Classic Cass Sunstein: Keen insights and bracingly clear prose fill every page. The chapter on Facebook alone is a compelling reason to read ‘Too Much Information.'”

– Robert H. Frank, H. J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management; author of “Under the Influence”

“Once again Cass Sunstein shows that evaluating policy questions with evidence and rigor not only leads to better governance but can be intellectually exhilarating.”

– Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of “Enlightenment Now”

“Years at the White House uniquely prepared Cass — a world-renowned behavioral scientist — to write this important book. His must-read arguments about when governments should and should not require companies to disclose information draw on entertaining anecdotes supported by rigorous research.”

– Katy Milkman, Professor, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; host of the Choiceology podcast

“Cass Sunstein offers a unique and incredibly valuable perspective on information and how it affects people’s choices, presented in a masterful way.”

– Linda Thunstrom, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wyoming

“Sunstein offers an endless supply of thought-provoking and accessible examples to highlight the fascinating questions at the heart of information disclosure policy. This book changed how I think about what information to seek out in my own life.”

– Jacob Goldin, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

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