Robert J. Morais has experience as a marketing researcher, advertising executive, business owner, and business anthropologist. He began his career at Grey Advertising and spent 25 years with advertising agencies, rising to Chief Strategic Officer. In 2006, he became a Principal at marketing research firm Weinman Schnee Morais, serving in that position for over 10 years. He has worked with Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, WD-40, Coca-Cola, Post Foods, Danone, StarKist, Johnson & Johnson, Hain Celestial, Benjamin Moore, Safeway, Sabra, Pinnacle Foods, Sunny Delight, Dentsply Sirona, Prestige Brands, Wyeth (now Pfizer), Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel, Hills Pet Nutrition, and Boehringer Ingelheim, among other corporations. Morais holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate from NYU's Stern Business School, and was a Fulbright Scholar, National Science Foundation Grantee, and Mellon Fellow.
His books include: Advertising and Anthropology: Ethnographic Practice and Cultural Perspectives (co-author), Ethics in the Anthropology of Business: Explorations in Theory, Practice and Pedagogy (co-editor), The Language of Branding: Theory, Strategies, and Tactics (co-author), Refocusing Focus Groups: A Practical Guide (author), and Social Relations in a Philippine Town (author). Morais is a Fellow of The Society for Applied Anthropology, on the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Business Anthropology, and a member of the Mentoring Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology. He has been a guest speaker at numerous universities and conferences.
Morais’ professional interests and publication topics include qualitative marketing research, hybrid anthropological/psychological methodologies, ethnography, advertising and marketing strategy, product innovation, organizational culture, ideation, and business ethics.