Kristen Renwick Monroe


Kristen Renwick Monroe, Ph.D., is a professor of political science and philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, where she is the founder and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality and the associate director of the program in political psychology. She is the author of The Heart of Altruism, which was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and The Hand of Compassion, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is also a co-editor of the volume On Behalf of Others: The Psychology of Benevolence in a Global World.


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Oskar Schindler (back row, second from right) with people he rescued from the Holocaust, one year after the end of World War II.

Articles: The Roots of Moral Courage

By Kristen Renwick Monroe | June 23, 2010

Why do some people risk their lives to help others? Kristen Renwick Monroe has dedicated her career to finding out.




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Self-Compassion By Kristin Neff Learn to be kind to yourself. A society obsessed with competition doesn't always make that an easy thing to do, but seeking after self-compassion, not self-esteem, is our ticket to happiness.

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