Darcia Narvaez

Professor Emerita

College or School
College of Arts and Letters
Year of Emeritus Status

Darcia Narvaez is Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame. She studies flourishing, compassionate moral development and ecological attachment in children and adults. She explores how nested life experience and societal culture interact to influence wellbeing and virtuous character in children and adults.

Her earlier careers include professional musician, business owner, classroom music teacher, classroom Spanish teacher, and seminarian. She grew up bilingual/bicultural but calls the earth her home.

She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. She is the author or editor of dozens of books, chapters and articles.

Her recent books include: Indigenous Sustainable Wisdom (with Four Arrows, Halton, Collier, & Enderle); Basic Needs, Wellbeing and Morality: Fulfilling Human Potential and Embodied Morality; Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development (with Panksepp, Schore and Gleason); Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing (with Valentino, Mckenna, Fuentes & Gray).

Her book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2017 Expanded Reason Award.

She writes a popular blog for Psychology Today (“Moral Landscapes”) and hosts the website EvolvedNest.org .

Email:   dnarvaez@nd.edu

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