Research Overview

Dr. 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.

Select Publications

Dr. Routledge has published more than 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.

Research Interests
  • The Spiritual Search for Meaning
  • Nostalgia
  • Paths to Meaning
  • Existential Economics and Entrepreneurship
Current Research

Most recently, Professor Routledge has collaborated with John Bitzan, Director of the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth at NDSU, to research the ways in which perceptions of meaning affect views toward capitalism, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial motivation.





Clay Routledge

Arden & Donna Hetland Distinguished Professor of Business
Richard H. Barry Hall, 344
(701) 231-1728


  • Ph.D. University of Missouri–Columbia
  • M.A. University of Missouri–Columbia
  • B.A. Missouri Southern State University

Curriculum Vita

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