James C. Kaufman

James Kaufman, professor of educational psychology, on Feb. 25, 2014. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Professor of Educational Psychology
Neag School of Education
University of Connecticut

Research Overview

Although I tend to be interested in most things related to creativity, my primary focus is (a) creativity and positive outcomes; (b) creativity assessment; and (c) creativity theories. Specifically, I am interested in creativity’s role in helping people find and hold onto their meaning in life, as well as issues of social justice, well-being, and other beneficial results. I am also interested in studying the Consensual Assessment Technique and developing self-report measures. I am especially interested in creativity theory, ranging from building off of the Four C’s to exploring new conceptions and frameworks.

Selected Publications

Books

Kaufman, J. C., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.) (2019). Cambridge handbook of creativity (2nd Ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, A. B., & Kaufman, J. C. (Eds.) (2018). Pseudoscience: The conspiracy against science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kaufman, J. C., Glăveanu, V., & Baer, J. (Eds.) (2017). Cambridge handbook of creativity across domains. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Beghetto, R. A., & Kaufman, J. C. (Eds.) (2016). Nurturing creativity in the classroom (2nd Ed). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Creativity 101 (2nd Ed). New York: Springer.

Beghetto, R. A., Kaufman, J. C., & Baer, J.  (2014). Teaching for creativity in the common core classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.

Journal Articles

Kaufman, J. C., & Glăveanu, V. P. (in press). Making the CASE for shadow creativity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Kaufman, J. C. (2019). Self assessments of creativity: Not ideal, but better than you think. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 13, 187-192.

Kaufman, J. C. (2018). Finding meaning with creativity in the past, present, and future. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13, 734-749.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C. (2018). Societal forces that ERODE creativity. Teacher’s College Record, 120, 1-18.

Forgeard, M. J. C., & Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Who cares about imagination, creativity, and innovation, and why? A review. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 10, 250-269.

Luria, S. R., O’Brien, R. L., & Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Creativity in gifted identification: Increasing accuracy and diversity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1377, 44-52.

Kaufman, J. C., & Beghetto, R. A. (2013). In praise of Clark Kent: Creative metacognition and the importance of teaching kids when (not) to be creative. Roeper Review, 35, 155-165.

Kaufman, J. C. (2012). Counting the muses: Development of the Kaufman-Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6, 298-308.