Todd Pittinsky

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Leadership and Service
Faculty Director

Todd is a Professor in the Department of Technology and Society, where he serves as the area chair for Engineering Education, Management, and Policy and Faculty Director of the Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service.

Leadership for the common good is a longstanding focus of his research and applied work. Prior to joining Stony Brook, he taught in the management and leadership unit of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he also served as the Research Director of the Center for Public Leadership, focused on understanding and advancing leadership for the common good. Later, he served on the leadership faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In 2001, Todd launched the Allophilia Project to understand and advance the positive attitudes people can have for groups other than their own; that is, attitudes that go beyond tolerance to proactive engagement, enthusiasm, support, and enjoyment and the steps leaders can take to get us there. He is particularly interested in ideological diversity.

Todd is the author of Us Plus Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference (Harvard Business Press), coauthor of Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family (Addison Wesley), editor of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference (Harvard Business Press), and coeditor of Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders: Enduring Challenges and Emerging Answers (Oxford University Press). He is the editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Science, Technology and Society (Cambridge University Press). Published widely in scholarly journals, his work has also been profiled in The Economist and the Boston Globe and has been cited in Science, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio.

Todd received his BA in psychology from Yale and his PhD jointly from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science and Harvard Business School.

Outside the academy, he has worked for leading organizations, including the Families and Work Institute, Netscape/America Online and Opsware, and has advised organizations in the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors. Past clients include the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, Bright Horizons, Catalyst, Epicor, Ford Motor Company, the University of California at Los Angeles, the US National Nuclear Security Administration, and the World Bank Group.

Todd is often seen around greater Stony Brook with his husband, Dr. Vladimir (Vladi) Stamoran, a physician on the faculty of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and their son, Alex.