Professor of Psychology, Faculty Director Greater Good Science Center
Dacher Keltner received his BA from UC Santa Barbara in 1984 and his PhD from Stanford University in 1989. He is now a full professor at UC Berkeley, Faculty Director of the Greater Good Science Center, and director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab (http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~keltner/.)
Dacher’s research focuses the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and power, social class, and inequality. Dacher is the co-author of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, and The Compassionate Instinct.
Dacher has published over 190 scientific articles, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, The London Times, and Utne Reader, and has received numerous national prizes and grants for his research. He has collaborated with directors at Pixar and a design team at Facebook, on projects at Google. Dacher has received the outstanding teacher and research mentor awards from UC Berkeley, and seen 20 of his PhD students and post-doctoral fellows become professors. WIRED magazine recently rated Dacher’s podcasts from his course Emotion as one of the five best educational downloads, and the Utne Reader selected Dacher for one of its 50 2008 visionaries. Dacher lives in Berkeley with his wife, Mollie McNeil, an alumna of Berkeley, and their two daughters.