Edward L Deci
Edward L. Deci is Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London, and Hamilton College, and was an interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. For 46 years Deci has engaged in a program of research on human motivation, much of it in collaboration with Richard M. Ryan. Deci has published ten books, including: Why We Do What We Do (Viking/Penguin, 1996). His writings have been translated into seven languages. A grantee of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he has lectured at more than 100 universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and Michigan, and he has consulted for a wide range of organizations and governmental agencies in 24 countries on six continents.