Keith Sawyer, Ph.D. Professor of Education This Emotional Life - PBS

Experts Biography

Awards and Credentials

  1. Osher Fellowship, San Francisco Exploratorium, 2009
  2. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar series, 2009 - 2010
  3. National Science Foundation Grant, Solicitation Number, 2007 - present
  4. National Science Foundation Grant, 2007 - present

Keith Sawyer, Ph.D.


Dr. Sawyer is an Associate Professor of Education, Psychology, and Business. He conducts research on creativity and collaboration. He focuses on how groups enhance individual creativity, and also how people work together to combine their distinct ideas into successful group creativity. A second aspect of his research is a focus on learning. He examines how conversation among learners can contribute to a deeper conceptual understanding of material. His topics of research include business innovation, organizational dynamics in work teams, children's play and preschool, artistic and scientific creativity, and language and conversation research.

Dr. Sawyer received his S.B. from MIT and his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He has written, edited, or coauthored 10 books and over 50 scientific articles. His most recent book is Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration.