Skip to content

James C. Kaufman

  • PhD
  • Professor of Educational Psychology
  • University of Connecticut
  • 36h-indexImpact measure calculated using publication and citation counts. Updated daily.
  • 4394CitationsNumber of citations received by James C.'s publications. Updated daily.

Research interests



James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 40 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Edition, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (with Robert Sternberg; 2010). He has published more than 250 papers, including the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect” and three well-known theories of creativity, including the Four-C Model of Creativity (with Ron Beghetto). He is a past president of Division 10 (Society for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is the president-elect of the American Creativity Association. James has won many awards, including Mensa’s research award, the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and APA’s Berlyne, Arnheim, and Farnsworth awards. He co-founded two major journals (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture) and currently co-edits the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. He has tested Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN, appeared in the hit Australia show Redesign Your Brain, and narrated the comic book documentary Independents. He wrote the book and lyrics to Discovering Magenta, which had its NYC premiere in 2015, and co-authored a book on bad baseball pitchers with his father.

Co-authors (160)

Recent publications

  • Societal forces that ERODE creativity

    • Sternberg R
    • Kaufman J
  • The siren song of aesthetics? Domain differences and creativity in engineering and design

    • Cropley D
    • Kaufman J
    Get full text

Professional experience

Professor of Educational Psychology

University of Connecticut

August 2013 - Present


California State University - San Bernardino

September 2002 - July 2013(11 years)



Department of Psychology, Yale University

September 1995 - May 2001(6 years)