PHILIP ZIMBARDO, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, is internationally
recognized as an innovative researcher in many areas of social psychology, as well as an
award-winning distinguished teacher, writer, and media personality. Born (3/23/33) in
New York City’s South Bronx ghetto, of poor Sicilian, uneducated parents, Zimbardo
was the first in the history of his family to go to college (Brooklyn College, graduated
Summa Cum Laude, with honors in Psychology and Sociology/ Anthropology, 1954),
and received an MS. (1955), and Ph.D. from Yale University (1959). He has taught at
Yale, Barnard College, Columbia, N.Y.U. (From 1960-67), and, since 1968 has been a
professor at Stanford University. Zimbardo has given invited lectures in major
universities throughout the U.S. and the world. He is currently President of the American
· His textbook, Psychology and Life, 16th edition (Allyn & Bacon) co-author
Richard Gerry, is the oldest, continuously selling text in all of psychology.
· His best-selling popular book, Shyness: What it is, What to do about it (Addison-
Wesley), is currently in its 6th printing, and translated into 10 languages.
· He has published more than 250 professional and technical articles and over 40
books, texts, workbooks and manuals. (see www.zimbardo.com)
· Zimbardo has become the voice and image of psychology through the 26 episodes
of the PBS TV series, Discovering Psychology, which he created, wrote and
narrated, and which is now a staple in most college and high school courses
across the United States and in ten countries worldwide. The series was updated
· His infamous Stanford Prison Experiment (1971) is a classic in the demonstration
of the power of situational forces to overwhelm ordinary, good people. His video
of that study, “Quiet Rage,” is a powerful, prize-winning documentary of this
unique experiment in which students played the roles of prisoners and guards in a
simulated prison that became all too real and had to be terminated a week earlier
than planned. (see www.prisonexp.org)
· His article on the “Social Disease of Shyness” in Psychology Today, 1975, started
many researchers investigating shyness in adults, which previously had been
studied only in children. This research enterprise, known as the Stanford Shyness
· Project, was honored with a special symposium on Shyness research and therapy
at the convention of the American Psychological Association.
· Zimbardo’s pioneering treatment for shyness has continued for 25 years at a
community shyness clinic in Stanford, California (co-directed with Dr. Lynne
Henderson). (see www.shyness.com)
· His current research interests continue to be broad: cults, hypnosis, violence,
the social and cognitive basis of madness, and the psychology of time perspective.
· Zimbardo continues to teach popular large undergraduate courses and seminars,
along with graduate courses and practicums in teaching.