James C. Kaufman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Before that, he was at California State University at San Bernardino, where he founded the Learning Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in Cognitive Psychology in 2001. Kaufman is an international leader in the field of creativity, known for his research on such areas as everyday creativity, creativity assessment, creativity and fairness, and creativity and mental health.

Publications and Research

Dr. Kaufman is the author or editor of more than 30 books.  These include Creativity 101Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (with Ron Beghetto and John Baer); Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (with Robert Sternberg); Essentials of Creativity Assessment (with Jonathan Plucker and John Baer), International Handbook of Creativity (with Robert Sternberg), and Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom (with Ron Beghetto).  He has published more than 250 papers, chapters, and reviews.  He has traveled around the world talking about the power of creativity, keynoting in Taiwan, Qatar, Singapore, Korea, Spain, France, and other places.

Professional Contributions

Dr. Kaufman is the Past President of American Psychological Association’s Division 10 (Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts). He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1, 5, 10 and the Association for Psychological Science. He was a founding co-editor of the official journal for APA’s Division 10, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.  He is also the founding editor of APA’s newest journal, Psychology of Popular Media Culture. In addition, he has served as the Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment and the Journal of Creative Behavior. He is also the editor of the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving and he is the Series Editor of the “Psych 101” series from Springer Publishing.  

Awards and Honors

His awards and honors include the 2003 Daniel E. Berlyne Award and the 2012 Paul Farnsworth Award from APA’s Division 10, the 2008 E. Paul Torrance Award from the National Association of Gifted Children, the 2011-2012 Mensa Education & Research Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Research, and the 2009 Early Career Research Award from the Western Psychological Association.



Kaufman and his research has been featured and discussed in CNN, NPR, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, and the BBC. He was the on-camera narrator of the documentary Independents and a creativity expert on Redesign My Brain.