Philip G. Zimbardo is an internationally recognized scholar, educator, researcher and media personality, winning numerous awards and honors in each of these domains. A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Phil has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University, and his areas of focus include time perspective, shyness, terrorism, madness, and evil. He is best-known for his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment that highlighted the ease with which ordinary intelligent college students could cross the line between good and evil when caught up in the matrix of situational and systemic forces.
Previously, Phil taught at Palo Alto University, Naval Post-graduate School, Yale, NYU and Columbia. His career is noted for “giving psychology away” to the public through his popular PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, along with many text and trade books, among his 400+ publications. He has served as President of the American Psychological Association and President of the Western Psychological Association.
His current focus is promoting heroism around the world with the non-profit he founded, The Heroic Imagination Project, www.HeroicImagination.org. He says, “The major focus for the next decade of my life is creating a foundation to explore the psychology of ordinary heroes through a variety of research approaches, while also encouraging the spread of new concepts of every day heroes, of Heroes-in-Waiting, as a major antidote to evil in our society and around the world. We will develop new educational materials from grade school through college, games, videos, movies, and more in the effort to democratize and demystify the concept of heroism.” He participates in conferences and lectures around the world. He has also co-founded youth centers in Sicily and Poland.
Dr. Zimbardo lives in San Francisco with his wife, Christina Maslach, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University of California Berkeley. He has three grown children and two beautiful grandchildren.