Angela Duckworth

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Senior Scientific Advisor, Positive Psychology Center

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students. Angela received a B.A. in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford.

She completed her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City. In 2013, Angela was selected as a MacArthur Fellow.


Book: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Dr. Angela Duckworth on CBS This Morning, May 3, 2016

New York Times Article: Putting Grit in Its Place, May 10, 2016, David Brooks Op-Ed

NPR Interview with Dr. Angela Duckworth, RadioTimes, May 6, 2016

Character Lab

Angela Duckworth selected as a 2013 MacArthur Fellow

TED Talk, April 2013: The Key to Success? Grit

National Geographic Article, October 2014: Grit Trumps Talent and IQ: A Story Every Parent (and Educator) Should Read

Big Questions Online, August 2013: Can Perseverance Be Taught?

Profile in the Pennsylvania Gazette, June 2012: Character’s Content

Angela Duckworth’s Penn Webpage

Angela Duckworth’s Lab Website

Angela Duckworth’s Curriculum Vitae