Elliot Turiel

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Elliot Turiel (born in 1938) is an American psychologist and Chancellor’s Professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on human development and its relation to education.


Turiel completed his PhD in Psychology from Yale University and was a student of Lawrence Kohlberg, who had a strong influence on his work.[1]


Turiel conducts research in the development of social judgments and action, the development of moral reasoning, children’s conceptions of authority and rules in school settings, as well as culture and social development. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow and a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow. His area of specialization includes cognitive development, Moral and ethical studies, and social and emotional development.

Books and publications[edit]

Following are the books and other publications by Turiel.

  • The Culture of Morality: Social Development, Context, and Conflict, from Cambridge University Press (2002)
  • The Development of Morality, published in Handbook of Child Psychology (1998)
  • Notes from the Underground: Culture, Conflict, and Subversion, published in Piaget, Evolution, and Development (1998)
  • Dominance, Subordination, and Concepts of Personal Entitlement in Cultural Contexts, published in Child Development (with C. Wainryb, 1994).


  1. ^ Haidt, Jonathan (2012), The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, Pantheon, ISBN 978-0-307-37790-6