About Shankar Vedantam

Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent with National Public Radio (NPR). Prior to joining NPR, he served as a national correspondent and columnist for the Washington Post. Shankar Vedantam applies insights from psychology and the social sciences to the entire range of human behavior in his widely praised book, The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives.

Shankar Vedantam is a popular speaker at libraries, conventions, and universities, and has addressed both lay and professional audiences in the areas of health care, business, and politics.

Vedantam was born in India and has a graduate degree in journalism from Stanford University. He gravitated toward science writing, specifically neuroscience, and has worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Knight-Ridder, Newsday, and The Times of India. His work has earned prizes and fellowships from many organizations, among them the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Public Health Association, the Carter Center, and The Poynter Institute. He has lectured at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and has been a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.