Lauren Duncan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Smith College. She received a Ph.D. in Personality Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. A passionate and award-winning teacher, Lauren offers courses in Political Psychology, the Psychology of Women and Gender, and the Psychology of Political Activism. Her scholarly research focuses on two questions: (1) What motivates some people to want to change society whereas others want to keep it the same? (2) What motivates some people interested in political and social issues to act on their beliefs?