Portrait of Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used data from the internet – particularly Google searches – to get new insights into the human psyche. Seth has used Google searches to measure racism, self-induced abortion, depression, child abuse, hateful mobs, the science of humour, sexual preference, anxiety, son preference, and sexual insecurity, among many other topics.  

His 2017 book, Everybody Lies, published by HarperCollins, was a New York Times bestseller; a PBS NewsHour Book of the Year; and an Economist Book of the Year.

 

Seth worked for one-and-a-half years as a data scientist at Google and is currently a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times. He is a former visiting lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  

He received his BA in philosophy from Stanford, and his PhD in economics from Harvard. 

Photo: Jim Hauser