Arien Mack is the Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, where she has edited Social Research since 1970. She established the Social Research conference series in 1988, and she continues to direct it through the Center for Public Scholarship, which she founded and directs.
Arien is also the founder and director of the New University in Exile Consortium, an expanding group of universities and colleges whose mission is to nurture persecuted and uprooted academics by creating a sense of intellectual community among exiled scholars.
In 2007, she launched Endangered Scholars Worldwide, dedicated to drawing attention to the plight of scholars, students, and researchers around the world whose lives and livelihoods are under threat due to the nature of their work or political positions.
She previously founded and directed the Journal Donation Project, which for 26 years provided low-cost academic and research journals to libraries and universities in countries where access to those publications had been difficult for political reasons.
As a research psychologist, her interests focus on perception, cognition, and attention. She is a member of the Psychology Department at The New School for Social Research, where she oversees a research lab. Her publications include more than 60 articles and the coauthored volume Inattentional Blindness (MIT Press 1998).