Research Professor of Psychology
Senior Research Fellow, School of Law



I'm interested in the various institutional forms by which culture is passed on -- most particularly in school practices and in legal codes and legal praxis. In both examples, my concern is with how canonical forms create a dialectic with the "possible worlds" of imaginative art forms. My preferred method of work in both instances is the anthropological-interepretive.

Carol Feldman and I have a joint lab, which is described on her research page.

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PhD, Harvard, 1941 (psychology)
BA, Duke University, 1937
Honorary Doctorates: Yale, Columbia, Sorbonne, Berlin, Rome, etc.


- American Psychological Association
- Law and Society Association
- Society for Research in Child Development


- Balzan Prize, 1987, for "contributions to our understanding of the human mind"
- CIBA Gold Medal, 1974, "for outstanding and original research"
- Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Selected Publications

Jerome Bruner, The Culture of Education, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Jerome Bruner, Acts of Meaning, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991.

Jerome Bruner, Actual Minds, Possible Worlds, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987.

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Jerome S. Bruner
Research Professor of Psychology
Senior Research Fellow in Law

New York University
200 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
(212)-673-6118 fax

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