Dr. Barbara Rogoff

Professor of Psychology
Santa Cruz, California
United States

Focus Areas

Racial Equity & Healing
Indigenous Communities


Barbara Rogoff is currently UC Santa Cruz Foundation Professor of Psychology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, the American Anthropological Association, and the American Psychological Association. Barbara Rogoff has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Kellogg Fellow, a Spencer Fellow, and an Osher Fellow of the Exploratorium. She has served as Editor of Human Development and of the Newsletter of the Society for Research in Child Development, Study Section member for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and a committee member on the Science of Learning for the National Academy of Science. She was selected to give the 2004 UC Santa Cruz Faculty Research Lecture. Her books have received awards: Apprenticeship in Thinking (1990) received the Scribner Award from the American Educational Research Association, Learning Together: Children and Adults in a School Community (2004) was finalist for the Maccoby Award of the American Psychologist Association, and The Cultural Nature of Human Development (2003) won the William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association. Her most recent book, Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town, received the 2014 Maccoby Book Award from the Society for Research in Child Development. Developing Destinies (Oxford University Press, 2011) addresses cultural changes and continuities in family and community life. It gives an account of the life of a prominent Mayan midwife (now 89) and her Guatemalan Mayan town, where Barbara Rogoff has worked for more than 3 decades.