Sarah-Jane Leslie is the Vice Dean for Faculty Development, Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy, the Director of the Program in Linguistics, and the Founding Director of the Program in Cognitive Science. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Psychology, the University Center for Human Values, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy.
Much of her work focuses on how we catorgorize and generalize information about the world around us. As part of this project, she examines how the language young children hear shapes their perception of social groups, and how this relates to stereotyping and prejudice. Most recently, she has been examing gender gaps in educational and career choices, and her work on the topic was named as one of 2015's most interesting scientific findings by Edge. She was the recipience of the Stanton Award from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
She studied philosophy, mathematics, and cognitive science and Rutgers University and earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in philosophy. She joined Princeton's faculty in 2006.