William Damon, PhD

Professor of Education
Stanford University

William Damon is professor of education at Stanford University, director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace.

Damon has written widely on ethical and moral commitment at all ages of human life. Damon’s books include Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment (1992); Greater Expectations (1995); The Youth Charter (1997); Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet (2001); Noble Purpose (2003); The Moral Advantage: How to Succeed in Business by Doing the Right Thing (2004), Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving (2006), The Path to Purpose (2008), and Failing Liberty 101 (2011).

Damon has been working on projects aimed at promoting purpose, good work, and a dedication to citizenship. Damon has received awards and grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, The Spencer Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Thrive Foundation for Youth, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and the John Templeton Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and an elected member of the National Academy of Education.