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Dare A. Baldwin

Full Professor, Psychology and Clark Honors College, University of Oregon

Dr. Dare A. Baldwin is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. She completed undergraduate work in Psychology at U.C. Berkeley, received a master’s at U.C. Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University, with a special designation in Cognitive Science. Baldwin investigates the human potential for knowledge acquisition. Although humans acquire knowledge at a remarkable pace from earliest infancy on, much remains mysterious about the underlying mechanisms making this possible. Baldwin seeks to understand how the human mind, from earliest infancy on, rapidly and effectively acquires and organizes world knowledge across many domains. Emerging findings offer new insights into individual differences that enhance or undercut knowledge acquisition. In new research underway, Baldwin is part of an interdisciplinary group investigating human behavior during major earthquakes, with an eye to promoting prompt protective action to increase safe outcomes. Baldwin’s research has been recognized by awards such as APA’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, Boyd McCandless and Cattell Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Over the years, her research has received funding from diverse sources, including the National Science Foundation, the John Merck Scholars Fund, the McDonnell Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Baldwin is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and was awarded two fellowship years at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


  • –present
    Full Professor, Psychology and Clark Honors College, University of Oregon


  • 1989 
    Stanford University, Ph.D., Psychology with Special Designation in Cognitive Science