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portraitLarry Nucci
Adjunct Professor
Cognition and Development

Office: 4609 Tolman
Phone: 510-642-4202
Email: nucci at

Staff Contact: Caron Williams
Office: 4511 Tolman Hall
Phone: 510-642-4202
Email: caronw at

arry Nucci studies children's social and moral development and education. An aspect of his work has focused on children's judgments about issues they consider to be personal matters of privacy and discretion. This research has been carried out in a number of contexts including Latin America and Asia. Recently his work has focused on the assessment of moral and social reasoning and on the integration of moral education into the preparation of teachers.

He has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and has received grants from the Kellogg Foundation, the Fetzer Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, and the Character Education Partnership.

He is Editor in Chief of the journal Human Development, and serves on the editorial boards of the journal Cognitive Development, Parenting Research and Practice, and the Journal for Research in Character Education. He is the author of two books, Nice is Not Enough: Facilitating Moral Development (Pearson Education, 2009) and Education in the Moral Domain (Cambridge University Press, 2001: with editions in Chinese, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish). His recent edited books include the Handbook of Moral and Character Education (with Darcia Narvarz) (Routledge, 2008); Conflict, Contradiction and Contrarian Elements in Moral Development and Education (Erlbaum, 2005); International Perspectives on Youth Conflict (with Colette Daiute, Zeynep Beykont, and Craig Higson-Smith (Oxford University Press, 2005).

He teaches a course on social and emotional development for the Developmental Teacher Education Program.

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz (Psychology)

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Areas of Specialization / Interests
Child Development
Moral and Ethical Studies
School Culture
Social and Emotional Development

Last Modified: 8/18/11