Photo by Jim Hauser

Photo by Jim Hauser

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used data from the internet -- particularly Google searches -- to get new insights into the human psyche.  

Seth has used Google searches to measure racismself-induced abortiondepressionchild abuse, hateful mobsthe science of humor, sexual preferenceanxietyson preference, and sexual insecurity, among many other topics.  

His 2017 book, Everybody Lies, published by HarperCollins, was a New York Times bestseller; a PBS NewsHour Book of the Year; and an Economist Book of the Year.

Seth has worked as a data scientist at Google and a visiting lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times.

He received his BA in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford, and his PhD in economics from Harvard. 

In high school, Seth wrote obituaries for the local newspaper, the Bergen Record, and was a juggler in theatrical shows. He now lives in Brooklyn and is a passionate fan of the Mets, Knicks, Jets, and Leonard Cohen. 

Seth also speaks. Some testimonials on his talks are below.

For speaking engagements, Seth is exclusively represented by The Lavin Agency. 
For inquiries contact Charles Yao, Director of Intellectual Talent | 


We couldn’t be happier with Seth’s presentation to our Digital Marketing, Content Creation and IT teams at Abbott’s recent E-Summit. He was great to work with, focusing on those areas of his research we felt would resonate best with our colleagues. His delivery was sharp, engaging and funny and he received a perfect five of five stars from all attendees who answered the conference survey. We hope he is available next time we need an engaging speaker.
— Thomas F Poelking, senior manager, Abbott
Seth’s curious intellect leaves no subject unturned – his talk was both wonderfully educational and entertaining backed by real data and thorough research.
— Grace Hung, CLSA, Global Content Director
Seth’s research will take what you think you know about yourself and your peers and flips it on its head. A compelling narrative for any marketer seeking to better understand the real wants and needs of their consumers.
— Scott Galloway, Founder, L2
Seth gave an amazing talk at The Sohn Conference. It was both informative and funny, and afterwards, guests kept on telling me how much they got from Seth’s talk. I highly recommend Seth any time you need a speaker to give cutting-edge insights, all while showing you a really good time.
— Douglas Hirsch, Sohn Conference co-founder and co-chairman