Dr. Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.
Dr. Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. She is a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and currently serves as a faculty director for Wharton People Analytics, an initiative that helps organizations adopt the latest insights from social science research.
Prior to her career in research, Dr. Duckworth founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its twentieth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Dr. Duckworth completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Duckworth’s first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted May 3, 2016 as an immediate New York Times bestseller.