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Amit Kumar is currently an Asst. Professor of Marketing and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the McCombs faculty, he completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Cornell University and his A.B. in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University. Professor Kumar’s research focuses on the scientific study of happiness and has been featured in popular media outlets such as The Atlantic, Business Insider, CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, NPR, Time Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report. His scholarly work has been published in Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Emotion, The Journal of Consumer Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Psychological Science.


Amit Kumar, Matthew A. Killingsworth, and Thomas Gilovich. Spending on Doing Promotes More Moment-to-Moment Happiness Than Spending on Having. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, forthcoming.
Nicholas Epley and Amit Kumar. 2019. How to Design an Ethical Organization. Harvard Business Review 97(3), 144-150.
Amit Kumar and N. Epley. 2018. Undervaluing Gratitude: Expressers Misunderstand the Consequences of Showing Appreciation. Psychological Science 29(9), 1423-1435.
J. Walker, Amit Kumar, and T. Gilovich. 2016. Cultivating Gratitude and Giving Through Experiential Consumption. Emotion 16(8), 1126-1136.
Amit Kumar and T. Gilovich. 2016. To Do or To Have, Now or Later? The Preferred Consumption Profiles of Material and Experiential Purchases. Journal of Consumer Psychology 26(@), 169-178.
T. Gilovich, Amit Kumar, and L. Jampol. 2015. A Wonderful Life: Experiential Consumption and the Pursuit of Happiness. Journal of Consumer Psychology 25(1), 152-165.
Amit Kumar and T. Gilovich. 2015. Some "Thing" to Talk About? Differential Story Utility from Experiential and Material Purchases. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 41(1), 1320-1331.
T. Gilovich, Amit Kumar, and L. Jampol. 2015. The Beach, The Bikini, and the Best Buy: Replies to Dunn and Weidman, and to Schmitt, Brakus, and Zarantonello. Journal of Consumer Psychology 25(1), 179-184.
T. Gilovich and Amit Kumar. 2015. We'll Always Have Paris: The Hedonic Payoff from Experiential and Material Investments, in Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 51, M. Zanna and J. Olson, eds. New York, NY: Elsevier, 147-187.
Amit Kumar, M. A. Killingsworth, and T. Gilovich. 2014. Waiting for Merlot: Anticipatory Consumption of Experiential and Material Purchases. Psychological Science 25(10), 1924-1931.

Professional Awards

University of Texas at Austin McCombs Research Excellence Grant2019
University of Chicago Center for Decision Research Independent Research Grant2017
Society for Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award Finalist2016
National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow2011