Angela Lee Duckworth

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also faulty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Angela studies non-IQ competencies that predict success both academically and professionally. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychologist, European Journal of Personality, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Social Psychology and Personality Science, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Judgment and Decision Making, Prevention Science, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Positive Psychology, and Motivation and Emotion. Her funders include the National Institutes of Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Association for Psychological Science, KIPP Foundation, Wake Forest University and the Templeton Foundation. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students. Angela received a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Master’s in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children that won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for four years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.