Samuel Wang

Founder, Princeton's Electoral Innovation Lab

Sam Wang is a professor at Princeton University, where he has taught and done research since 2000. Appointed in neuroscience, he is affiliated with the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for Cognitive Science, the Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology, and the Center for Information Technology Policy. He is the author of over ninety scholarly articles spanning fields including neuroscience, autism, and election law.

In addition to his scientific career, Dr. Wang is committed to the application of math, data, and law to improving American democracy. His current work focuses on making elected officials more representative of voters and responsive to their preferences. He analyzes American politics at the Princeton Election Consortium and addresses electoral reforms through the Princeton Gerrymandering Project and the Electoral Innovation Lab.

Sam writes frequently for national newspapers on both neuroscience and democracy. He is the co-author of two popular books on the brain, the award-winning Welcome To Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How To Drive (2008) and Welcome To Your Child's Brain: How The Mind Grows From Conception To College (2012). He has received numerous awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award, a W.M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Investigator Award, and the Common Cause Partisan Gerrymandering Writing Competition. He also co-hosts the podcast Politics and Polls for the Princeton University School of Policy and International Affairs.

Prof. Wang has a B.S. with honor in physics from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Wang conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University Medical Center and then at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies. He has also worked on science and education policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.