Leadership scholar Todd L. Pittinsky, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Technology and Society, has written Us Plus Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). In the book, he introduces a groundbreaking new science of diversity that disproves the assumption that wherever there is difference there will be inherent tension and animosity. It also challenges the effectiveness of standard attempts to fight prejudice and combat hate, and reveals how we benefit from the mixing of different ethnic, racial, national, social and religious groups in a globalized world.
Pittinsky’s research investigates the well-known problems and underestimated potential of diverse communities, with a central focus on positive intergroup relations. His research has been published in leading academic journals and business publications. Pittinsky is the coauthor of Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family, the editor of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference, and coeditor of Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders: Enduring Challenges and Emerging Answers.
Pittinsky earned an AB in psychology from Yale University, an MA in psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in organizational behavior from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the Stony Brook faculty, he was an associate professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as research director of the Center for Public Leadership.