Dr. Zimbardo has been teaching for 57 years across the globe. He is now Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and continues to teach both formally and informally.


Since 1968, Zimbardo taught large lectures in Introductory Psychology, one of the most popular courses in the University, to about 300 students typically, but has taught this course to as many as 1000 students, and as few as 10 students in a special seminar format with computerized daily interaction on written assignments, in addition to lectures. (For several years, Zimbardo taught about 600 students in a Unit Mastery System with Personalized Instruction; this included taking individual testing on each chapter of the text, and oral exams on an additional reading. Proctors, 200 of them, administered all testing in their dorms separately to each of their 3 students, and met weekly with Zimbardo to discuss issues relevant to this form of teaching. About 50 other undergraduate teaching assistants worked in pairs to lead their weekly discussion section component of the course.)

Practicum in Teaching is a seminar Zimbardo designed to train graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants to become effective teachers, first by helping them to develop engaging weekly sections that are coordinated with his lecture course, Introductory Psychology, but also to prepare them more generally for careers in teaching.

Palo Alto University, Psy.D. Consortium program with Stanford – 2006 – 2014

Senior Fellow, Monterey Naval Postgraduate School, 2002-2011

Columbia University (1967-68; Klingenstein Professor of Race Relations)

Assistant Professor, New York University, 1960-1967

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Yale University, 1957-1960



Introduction to Psychology

The Psychology of Mind Control

Social Psychology (taught solo and also as a co-teacher)

Social Psychology In Action

Social Alienation

The Nature of Madness

The Psychology of Hypnosis

Sex Roles in the U.S. and Italy (During Florence teaching term)

Cross-Cultural Psychology (During Florence teaching term)

Psychology and Drama (Co-taught with Patricia Ryan, Drama Department)



The Psychology of Imprisonment (Co-taught with Carlo Prescott, ex convict)

The Dynamics of Shyness

Practicum in Teaching (graduate and undergraduate)

Collective Violence (co-taught with Bob Zajoc)

The Psychology of Time Perspective (Sophomore Seminars)

On Becoming a Professional Psychologist (for advanced graduate students)

Effective Teaching (Co-taught with David Rosenhan)

Research Methods in Social Psychology (Graduate Course)

Research Issues in Social-Cognitive Pathology (Graduate Course)

Graduate Pro-seminar in Social Psychology (Weekly Area Meetings, Faculty and Graduate Students)

The Dynamics of Shyness (Freshman Seminars)

Senior Psychology Majors’ Proseminar