Jeremy Bailenson

Thomas More Storke Professor, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor, by courtesy, of Education

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Academic Appointments
Professor, Communication
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Professor (By courtesy), Graduate School of Education
Member, Bio-X
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Thomas More Storke Professor in the Department of Communication, Professor (by courtesy) of Education, Professor (by courtesy) Program in Symbolic Systems, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity. He earned a B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. He spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.

Bailenson studies the psychology of Virtual and Augmented Reality, in particular how virtual experiences lead to changes in perceptions of self and others. His lab builds and studies systems that allow people to meet in virtual space, and explores the changes in the nature of social interaction. His most recent research focuses on how virtual experiences can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy, and health. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford.

He has published more than 100 academic papers, in interdisciplinary journals such as Science, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and PLoS One, as well domain-specific journals in the fields of communication, computer science, education, environmental science, law, marketing, medicine, political science, and psychology. His work has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation for 15 years.

Bailenson consults pro bono on Virtual Reality policy for government agencies including the State Department, the US Senate, Congress, the California Supreme Court, the Federal Communication Committee, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health.

His first book Infinite Reality, co-authored with Jim Blascovich, was quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court outlining the effects of immersive media. His new book, Experience on Demand, was reviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Nature, and The Times of London, and was an Amazon Best-seller.

He has written opinion pieces for The Washington Post, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Wired, National Geographic, Slate, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has produced or directed five Virtual Reality documentary experiences which were official selections at the Tribeca Film Festival. His lab’s research has exhibited publicly at museums and aquariums, including a permanent installation at the San Jose Tech Museum.
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Director of Graduate Studies, Doctoral Program in Communication (2010 - Present)
Director, Co-Terminal Master’s Degree Program in Media Studies, Department of Communication (2006 - 2009)
Director, Job Search in Mideast Studies for the Communication Department, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
Director, Job Search in Environmental Communication, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Communication, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
Member, Dean’s Committee for Curriculum Review, Humanities and Social Sciences, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
Director, Co-terminal Masters Program, Department of Communication, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
Member, PhD Committee, Department of Communication, Stanford University (2007 - Present)
Member, Admissions Committee, Ph.D. Program, Department of Communication, Stanford University (2003 - Present)
Member, Departmental Committee on Mendenhall Reconstruction, Department of Communication, Departmental Committee on Mendenhall Reconstruction, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
Honors & Awards
Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching for First Years of Teaching, Stanford University (2007)
Top-Paper Award, Communication and Technology division of the International Communication Association (2005)
Top-Paper Award, Communication and Technology division of the International Communication Association (2007)
Top-Paper Award, Nonverbal Communication Division of the National Communication Association (2009)
Top-Paper Award, International Society for Presence conference (2012)
Top-Paper nomination, Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) (2008)
Degrees / Education
B.A., University of Michigan, Cognitive Science (1994)
M.S., Cognitive Psychology, Northwestern University (1996)
Ph.D., Northwestern University, Cognitive Psychology (1999)