Dr. Clay Routledge

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr. Routledge is a senior research fellow at the Archbridge Institute and a professor of Management at the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth and the Department of Management and Marketing at North Dakota State University. He is also 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.

Dr. Routledge studies basic psychological needs and how these needs influence and are influenced by family, social and community bonds, economics, work, and broader cultural worldviews. Much of his research focuses on the need for meaning in life. He has published over 100 scholarly papers, co-edited three books on existential psychology, and authored the books Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource and Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World.

His 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 was the lead writer for the TED-Ed animated lesson Why Do We Feel Nostalgia?

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