William Damon

William DamonCourtesy Stanford University

William Damon is Professor of Education and Director of the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. For the past forty years, Damon has written on moral and character development at all ages of human life.

Damon's books include The Moral Child (1990); Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment (1992) (with Anne Colby); Greater Expectations: Overcoming The Culture of Indulgence in Our Homes and Schools (1995); The Youth Charter: How Communities Can Work Together to Raise Standards for All Our Children (1997); Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet (2001) (with Howard Gardner and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi); Bringing in a New Era in Character Education (2002); The Moral Advantage (2004); The Path to Purpose  (2008); and (forthcoming, with Anne Colby), The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice.

William Damon has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.