Michael Hanchett Hanson

Director, Masters Concentration in Creativity and Cognition
Department of Human Development
Teachers College, Columbia University

Associate, Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation

Research Overview

My research uses complex systems theories to look at how people develop distinctive points of view through creative work and how that work takes on social meaning. I am advocate looking at creativity as a participatory process in education, the arts and social activism. I have written about the history of the construct of creativity in psychology, the use of case study methods in creativity research, cognitive linguistics in creative development and applications of participatory views of creativity.

Selected Publications

Books

Hanchett Hanson, M. (1997). Options. Sacramento: California Department of Education.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2015). Worldmaking: Psychology and the Ideology of Creativity. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Encyclopedia Entries

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2012). Expertise. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer Reference. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_607

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2012). Looping Effects. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer Reference. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_608

Hanchett Hanson, M., & Clapp, E. P. (2020). Participatory Creativity. In M. A. Runco & S. Pritzker (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Creativity (3rd) (pp. 300-304). Elsevier.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Clapp, E. P., & Hanchett Hanson, M. (2019). Participatory creativity: Supporting dynamic roles and identities through cultural participation. In R. A. Beghetto & G. E. Corazza (Eds.), Dynamic perspectives on creativity: New directions for theory, research, and practice in education (pp. 27-46). New York: Springer.

Glăveanu V.P., Hanchett Hanson, M., Baer, J. Barbot, B., Clapp, E. P., Corazza, G. E.,… Sternberg, R. J., (2019). Advancing creativity theory and research: A socio-cultural manifesto. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 0(0),1–5. Creative Education Foundation DOI: 10.1002/jocb.395

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2004). Dialogue with history: Roles of irony in creative thinking about new kinds of war. Metaphor and Symbol, 19(3), 191-212.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2005). Irony and conflict: Lessons from Shaw’s wartime journey. In Doris B. Wallace (Ed.), Education, art and morality: Creative journeys. (pp. 19-44). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Press.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2012). Creating self and world: Youth development in The Possibility Project. Knowledge Quest. Online edition.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2013). Author, self, monster: Using Foucault to examine functions of creativity. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 33(1), 18-31.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2013). Creativity theory and educational practice: Why all the fuss? In Jones & L. Flint (Eds.), The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together (pp. 19-38). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2015). The ideology of creativity and challenges of participation. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 11(3), 369–378, doi:10.5964/ejop.v11i3.1032

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2019). Navigating the ideology of creativity in education. In R. A. Beghetto & G. E. Corazza (Eds.), Dynamic perspectives on creativity: New directions for theory, research, and practice in education (pp. 279-96). New York: Springer.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2019). The impacts and pitfalls of “real thinking”: Wertheimer’s continuing influence. In P. Glăveanu (Ed.), The creativity reader (pp. 129-140). London: Oxford University Press.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2019). The recurring challenge of Nietzsche. In P. Glăveanu (Ed.), The creativity reader (pp. 533-542). London: Oxford University Press.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (2019). Tragedies of actualization. In P. Glăveanu (Ed.), The creativity reader (pp. 191-218). London: Oxford University Press.

Hanchett Hanson, M. (in press). Stories: Trauma, theater, theory. In K. Knutson, T. Okada & K Crowley (Eds.) Multidisciplinary approaches to art learning & creativity in formal and informal settings. London, UK: Routledge.

Hanchett Hanson, M., & Glăveanu, V. P. (in press). The importance of case studies and the evolving systems approach. In V. Dörfler & M. Strierand (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods on Creativity. Edward Elgar Publishers.

Hanchett Hanson, M., & Shulman Herz, R. (Jan 2011). A “toolbox” approach for developing thoughtful, structured creative art experiences. Art Education,64(1),33-38, DOI: 1080/00043125.2011.11519109

Weisberg, R. W., & Hanchett Hanson, M. (2013). Inside-the-box: An expertise-based approach to creativity in Education. In Jones & L. Flint (Eds.), The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together (pp. 71-84). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.