Clay Routledge
Clay Routledge

Clay Routledge is a psychological scientist, writer, consultant, public speaker and professor. He studies basic psychological needs and how these needs influence and are influenced by family, social and community bonds, economics, work and broader cultural worldviews. Much of his research focuses on the need for meaning in life.

He has published over 100 scholarly papers, co-edited three books on existential psychology, and authored the books "Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource" and "Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World." He was the lead writer for the TED-Ed animated lesson "Why Do We Feel Nostalgia?"

Routledge's work has been featured by many media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, ABC News, BBC News, CBC News, CNN, MSNBC, Men’s Health, The Atlantic and The New Yorker. As a social commentator, he has authored articles for a number of outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, National Review and Entrepreneur.

Routledge is the Arden and Donna Hetland Distinguished Professor of Business at North Dakota State University, a faculty scholar at the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, a senior research fellow at the Archbridge Institute and a visiting fellow with the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He lives in Fargo, North Dakota, with his wife.

You can follow him on Twitter @clayroutledge.