Emanuele Castano is Professor and Chair in the Psychology Department of the New School for Social Research. He conducts research and writes about topics such as violent intergroup conflict and reconciliation, nationalism and international relations, and the existential motives of human behavior. His work appears in over fifty publications in top tier scientific journals. His latest work on the consequences of reading literary fiction for mentalizing processes, published in Science, has received worldwide media attention, including the front page of the New York Times. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the European Union, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Italian by birth, he is fluent in French and English, and has been named by his young nephew, a citizen of the world.