James C. Kaufman

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut

James C. Kaufman, Ph.D., is a professor of educational psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. An internationally recognized leader in the field of creativity, he is the author/editor of more than 35 books, including the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (2010) and Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (2014), and more than 250 papers. Dr. Kaufman was a cofounding editor of both Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture; he currently edits the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. He has won NAGC’s Torrance Award, APA’s Berlyne and Farnsworth Awards, and Mensa’s research award. A former president of American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Division 10, Dr. Kaufman is a popular expert in the media on creativity. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, the 92nd Street Y, Redesign My Brain, and narrated the comic book documentary Independents. He is also a playwright/lyricist whose musical Discovering Magenta made its NYC debut in 2015.


  • –present
    Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut


Mensa Award for Excellence in Research; E. Paul Torrance Award for Creativity Research