Dacher  Keltner PhD

Dacher Keltner PhD

According to Dacher Keltner, he was born in Jalisco, Mexico to two members of the counterculture, a mother who was a literature professor and his dad an artist who raised him and his brother in the late 60’s, a time when the North Hollywood Hills were filled with revolution. Keltner went on with a PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford to become Full Professor and Director of the Great Good Science Center at Berkeley. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, power, social class, and inequality. He is author of Born to Be Good, The Compassionate Instinct, and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. His writings appear in the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, and SLATE. Building upon his experiences in a restorative justice program with prisoners in San Quentin, he wrote a brief that led to the curtailment of solitary confinement in maximum-security prisons in CA.