Deborah A. Prentice

Deborah A. Prentice is Dean of the Faculty and the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs. The Dean of the Faculty has administrative oversight of the departments and programs of instruction and of all matters relating to the effectiveness of the faculty, and the professional research, technical, and librarian staffs. Dean Prentice's research focuses on social norms – the unwritten rules and conventions that govern social behavior. She is interested in how people are guided by norms and constrained by norms; how they respond when they feel out of step with prevailing norms; how they determine what the norms of their groups and communities are; and how they react emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally, to those who violate social norms. She is also interested in the use of norms in interventions designed to change behavior. Dean Prentice served as Chair of the Psychology Department and as co-Chair of the Princeton Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity before being appointed Dean of the Faculty in 2014. She received her B.A. in Human Biology and Music from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University. She joined Princeton's faculty in 1989.