The Center for Decision Research is pleased to announce Alex Imas and Alexander Todorov will be joining the CDR faculty. 

Alex Imas

Alex ImasAlex Imas is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has taught Negotiations and Behavioral Economics. Previously, he was the William S. Dietrich II Assistant Professor of Behavioral Economics at Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught Behavioral Economics and Human Judgment and Decision Making.

Imas’ research spans a variety of topics across economics and psychology. He has explored the role of incorrect beliefs in discrimination, the prevalence of behavioral biases amongst expert and non-expert investors, and how to better motivate performance by incorporating psychology into incentives. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Management Science, among others.

Imas is the recipient of the New Investigator Award from the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, the Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award from the Society of Judgment and Decision Making, the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award, and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Imas was born in Bender, Moldova. He did his PhD in economics at the University of California, San Diego and earned a BA from Northwestern University. Prior to graduate school, Imas helped found a startup and co-authored several patents as part of its intellectual property strategy.

Alexander Todorov

Alex Todorov

Alexander Todorov studies how people perceive, evaluate, and make sense of the social world. His research uses multiple methods: from behavioral experiments to building of computational models.

Todorov’s research has appeared in a variety of publications, including Science, Nature Human Behavior, PNAS, Psychological Science, and Journal of Neuroscience. Media coverage of his research has spanned internationally. Amongst the outlets in the US that have covered his research are PBS, NBC Today Show, NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has been awarded the 2008 SAGE Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the 2019 Career Trajectory Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. His most recent book publication is Face Value:  The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions. Prior to joining Booth in 2020, Todorov was a professor of psychology at Princeton University.

Todorov earned a PhD from New York University. Additionally, he holds a Research MA from the New School for Social Research, and a BA from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Sofia, Bulgaria. During his studies, he was a visiting researcher in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University.