Richard Shweder

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  • William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development


Richard Shweder's recent research examines the scopes and limits of pluralism and the multicultural challenge in Western liberal democracies. He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Socio-Psychological Prize. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Palo Alto and The Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Shweder is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and he has served as president of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. For the past thirty years Shweder has been conducting research in cultural psychology on moral reasoning, emotional functioning, gender roles, explanations of illness, causal ideas about suffering and the moral foundations of family life practices in the Hindu temple town of Bhubaneswar on the East Coast of India. He is the author of Thinking Through Cultures: Expeditions in Cultural Psychology, Why Do Men Barbecue? Recipes for Cultural Psychology, and When Cultures Collide: The Moral Challenge of Cultural Migration. He was editor–in–chief of The Child, an Encyclopedic Companion.