William Damon

Curriculum Vitae: 

William Damon (wdamon@stanford.edu) is Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence and Professor of Education at Stanford University.

Damon's current research explores how young people develop purpose in their
civic, work, family, and community relationships. He examines how people learn to approach their vocational and civic lives with a focus on purpose, imagination, and high standards of excellence. Damon also has written widely about how to educate for moral and ethical understanding.

Damon's most recent books are: The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice (2015) (with Anne Colby), Failing Liberty 101: How We Are Leaving Young Americans Unprepared for Citizenship in a Free Society (2011), The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life (2008); Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving (2006) (with Susan Verducci); The Moral Advantage: How to succeed in business by doing the right thing (2004), and Noble Purpose: The joy of living a meaningful life (2003). His earlier books include Bringing in a New Era in Character Education (2002), Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet (2001) (with Howard Gardner and Mihaly Csikszent