Clay Routledge, Ph.D.

Arden and Donna Hetland Distinguished Professor of Business 

Clay Routledge is a scholar for the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth and the Arden and Donna Hetland Distinguished Professor of Business in the Department of Management and Marketing at North Dakota State University. He studies basic psychological needs and how these needs influence and are influenced by family, social, and community bonds, economics, and cultural belief systems. Much of his work focuses on the need for meaning in life. Dr. Routledge is an award-winning scholar who has published over 100 academic papers and co-edited three books. He authored the books Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource and Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World. He was also the lead author for the TED-Ed animated lesson Why Do We Feel Nostalgia? Dr. Routledge's work has been featured by many media outlets such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, ABC News, BBC News, CBC News, CNN, MSNBC, Men’s Health, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. As a social commentator, Dr. Routledge has authored articles for a number of outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, National Review, and Entrepreneur. He is a nonresident scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and faculty affiliate at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

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Ph.D. Psychology, University of Missouri - Columbia, 2005
M.A. Psychology, University of Missouri - Columbia, 2003
B.A. Psychology, Missouri Southern State University, 1999


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