James C. Kaufman


Expertise: Creativity

Educational Psychology

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Yale, 2001


James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 35 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Edition, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (with Robert Sternberg; 2010). He has published 250 papers, including the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect” and three well-known theories of creativity, including (with Ron Beghetto) the Four-C Model of Creativity. He is a past president of Division 10 of the American Psychological 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 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.

Active Research Areas:

Creativity and Social Justice; Creativity Assessment; Creativity and Related Constructs/Individual Differences; Creativity and Mental Health. Mostly Creativity.

Selected Recent Publications:


Kaufman, J. C., Glăveanu, V., & Baer, J. (Eds.) (in press). Cambridge handbook of creativity across domains. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C. (Eds.) (in press). Nature of human creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Creativity 101 (2nd Ed). New York: Springer.

Beghetto, R. A., Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J.  (2014). Teaching for creativity in the common core classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.


* = student or former student co-author

McKay, A. S.*, Karwowski, M., & Kaufman, J. C. (in press). Measuring the muses: Validating the Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Taylor, C. L.*, McKay, A. S.*, & Kaufman, J. C. (2017). Creativity and personality: Nuances of domain and mood. In G. J. Feist, R. Reiter-Palmon, & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of creativity and personality research (pp. 167-186). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Forgeard, M. J. C., & Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Who cares about imagination, creativity, and innovation, and why? A review. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 10, 250-269.

Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Creativity and mental illness: So many studies, so many wrong conclusions. In J. A. Plucker (Ed.), Creativity and innovation: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 199-204). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Luria, S. R.*, O’Brien, R. L.*, & Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Creativity in gifted identification: Increasing accuracy and diversity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1377, 44-52.

Kaufman, J. C. (2015). Why creativity isn’t in IQ tests, why it matters, and why it won’t change anytime soon….Probably. Journal of Intelligence 3, 59-72.


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