Philip Zimbardo is recognized as a leading "voice and face of contemporary psychology" through his PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his media appearances, best-selling trade books, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.
Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now an Emeritus Professor), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He continues teaching graduate students at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and at the Naval Post Graduate School (Monterey). He has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer, and service to the profession, including the Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition and the Kurt Lewin Award for his contributions to the social sciences. Among his more than 400 professional publications and 50 books is the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, now in its 19th Edition, and Core Concepts in Psychology, now in its 7th Edition.
His current research interests continue in the domain of social psychology, with a broad emphasis on everything interesting to study from shyness to time perspective, madness, cults, vandalism, political psychology, torture, terrorism, and evil. Noted for his personal and professional efforts to actually "give psychology away to the public," Zimbardo has also been a social-political activist, challenging the Government's wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the American Correctional System.
Zimbardo has served as elected President of the Western Psychological Association (twice), President of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) representing 63 scientific, math and technical associations (with 1.5 million members), and now is Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation. He founded the Heroic Imagination Project in 2008 and heads a philanthropic foundation in his name to promote education in his ancestral Sicilian towns.
His books include: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life, Shyness: What It Is, What To Do About It, Man Interrupted: Why Young Men are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.