Learn More About Cass Sunstein
“Cass Sunstein is the preeminent legal scholar of our time — the most wide-ranging, the most prolific, the most cited, and the most influential…His work in any one of the fields he pursues — administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, environmental law, to name a non-exhaustive few — would put him in the very front ranks of legal scholars; the combination is singular and breathtaking. He has a gift for framing and discussing issues in ways that invariably gain traction and make progress. And perhaps best of all, this individual superstar is also the consummate team player — a person whose passion for reasoned intellectual inquiry is contagious and who raises the level of everyone around him. If I could add only one person to the faculty, Cass would be that person, and I am thrilled beyond measure to announce his appointment.”
– Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In a sea of fake news and mass bewilderment, Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein is one of those rare voices of truth. Hard, honest truths. Sunstein challenges us to think hard about how leaders make decisions and how they can avoid errors that could potentially damage or compromise an organization, or society at large. He also asks the sharpest of questions, the kind that shake up and wake up audiences in need of a “Nudge,” the aptly titled name of The New York Times bestseller he coauthored with Richard H. Thaler.
As stakeholders in every area of business and government respond to the COVID-19 crisis, they are being forced to make changes that will reach far beyond the strategies and economics of their own organizations and industries. As an advisor, speaker and the most-cited law professor of our time, Sunstein continues to advise policymakers and business leaders across sectors as they wind their way through this crisis and prepare for a different future.
An expert on leveraging behavioral economics principles, Sunstein offers insights and methodologies that have also been embraced by scholars and the media, including The New York Times, where he was named “the most productive and probably the most influential liberal legal scholar of his generation.” Sunstein has served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, one of the world’s greatest scholarly honors for exemplary work in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology.
A fierce advocate for truth, bold change and designing a better future, Sunstein offers leaders practical strategies for affecting behavior in order to drive change away from the status quo. His keynotes, workshop sessions and advisory meetings can be customized to address the specific needs of an organization. Below is just a sampling of the timely and provocative topics he offers to meetings.
- Nudging: Past, Present, Future
- How Change Happens
- What People Want to Know
- The Cost-Benefit State
Sunstein’s latest books include “Nudge: The Final Edition” (Yale University Press, September 2021), “Sludge: What Stops Us from Getting Things Done and What to Do About It” (MIT Press, September 2021), “Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment (Little, Brown Spark, May 2021) – which won the 2021 getAbstract International Book Award – “Averting Catastrophe: Decision Theory for COVID-19, Climate Change, and Potential Disasters of All Kinds” (NYU Press, April 2021), “Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception” (Oxford University Press, March 2021), “This Is Not Normal: The Politics of Everyday Expectations” (Yale University Press, February 2021), and “Too Much Information” (The MIT Press, September 2020). His earlier books, “Simpler: The Future of Government” and “Republic.com,” received high praise.
A frequent adviser to governments all over the world and a columnist for Bloomberg View, Sunstein is married to the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power.
Cass Sunstein is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.