Thomas Talhelm studies how culture affects the way people behave. One of his recent projects was studying how rice and wheat agriculture have given northern and southern China two very different cultures. His research has appeared in a variety of publications, including Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Talhelm taught high school in Guangzhou as a Princeton in Asia Fellow and worked as a freelance journalist in Beijing. Most recently, he was a Fulbright Scholar and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He was also a LIFE Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. While living in Beijing, Talhelm founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that ships low-cost air purifiers to help people breathe clean air without the need for investing in expensive equipment.
He earned his PhD in social psychology from the University of Virginia and a BA with highest honors in psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.