Barbara Rogoff is the UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. She received the 2013 Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Cultural and Contextual Factors in Child Development, from the Society for Research in Child Development. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Anthropological Association, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Educational Research Association.
Rogoff’s research focuses on cultural aspects of learning, with special interest in collaboration and observation, and Indigenous-heritage, Mexican, Guatemalan, and other communities of the Americas.
She has held the University of California Presidential Chair and 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 served as Editor of Human Development, Study Section member for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and committee member on the Science of Learning and Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8 for the National Academy of Science.
Her recent books have received major awards: Learning Together: Children and Adults in a School Community (finalist for the Maccoby Award of Division 7 of the APA); The Cultural Nature of Human Development (William James Book Award of Division 1 of the APA); and Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town (Maccoby Award of Division 7 of the APA).
Rogoff has recently co-edited a special issue of Human Development (2014) on Learning by Observing and Pitching In to Family and Community Endeavors, and a volume of Advances in Child Development and Behavior (2015) on Children Learn by Observing and Contributing to Family and Community Endeavors: A Cultural Paradigm.