Steven Pinker

Johnstone Professor of Psychology

Harvard University

Steven Pinker, a native of Montreal, is a Humanist Laureate and the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from McGill University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard in 1979. After teaching at MIT for 21 years, he returned to Harvard in 2003.

Dr. Pinker’s experimental research on cognition and language won the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences and two prizes from the American Psychological Association. He has also received several honorary doctorates and numerous awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching, general achievement, and his critically acclaimed books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. Dr. Pinker was named Humanist of the Year in 2007.

Dr. Pinker has appeared in many television documentaries and writes frequently in the popular press, including The New York Times, Time, and MSN Slate.com. His most recent book is The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.