Steve Rathje is a senior studying Psychology and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. Next year, he will pursue a PhD in Psychology at University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.
He is a psychology researcher who works with Professor Alia Crum in the Mind & Body Lab at Stanford and as a Teaching Fellow for Stanford’s Psychology One program. He is working on an honors thesis with Professor Alia Crum and Professor Carol Dweck examining how metaphors influence thought.
Steve writes nonfiction work about psychology, and recently published an article in the Guardian called “The power of framing: it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” and another article in Quartz called “Metaphors can change our opinions in ways we don’t even realize.” He is currently working on a popular science book about psychology.
Steve also writes plays and fiction. His play “Signs” recently won the Oregon New Play Prize, and has been commissioned to be developed and produced by Artists Repertory Theatre. “Signs” was also a Finalist in the 2016 National Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His story, “The Placebo Addict,” was the first prize winner of Stanford’s Bocock/Guerard Fiction Prize. He has been published by Samuel French Inc. and Dramatics Magazine, and a short collection of his works is available on Amazon Kindle.
Steve is producer of the Proscenium Live festival of new plays in Portland, OR. He has been awarded the Ozy “Genius” Award, the Strauss Scholarship, and the Haas Summer Project Grant to support this festival. He is also the founder of Proscenium Journal, a free online literary journal for publishing plays.
Steve hopes to eventually become a Psychology professor and researcher who continues to write nonfiction and fiction pieces inspired by his work in Psychology.