Academic Appointments

  • Social Science Research Scholar, GSE Faculty Research

Administrative Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education (2019 - Present)

Research Interests

  • Civic Education
  • Higher Education
  • Psychology

All Publications

  • Hiding in plain sight: Older US purpose exemplars JOURNAL OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Morton, E., Colby, A., Bundick, M., Remington, K. 2019; 14 (5): 614–24
  • The Contours of Purpose Beyond the Self in Midlife and Later Life APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE Bundick, M. J., Remington, K., Morton, E., Colby, A. 2019
  • Entrepreneurial intent of engineering and business undergraduate students JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Gilmartin, S. K., Thompson, M. E., Morton, E., Jin, Q., Chen, H. L., Colby, A., Sheppard, S. D. 2019; 108 (3): 316–36

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jee.20283

    View details for Web of Science ID 000489140700003

  • Gratitude for teachers as a psychological resource for early adolescents: A mixed-methods study JOURNAL OF MORAL EDUCATION Liauw, I., Baelen, R. N., Borah, R. F., Yu, A., Colby, A. 2018; 47 (4): 397–414
  • They do care: An interview with William Damon and Anne Colby on moral development JOURNAL OF MORAL EDUCATION Damon, W., Colby, A., King, P. 2018; 47 (4): 383–96
  • Motivations for Civic Participation Among Diverse Youth: More Similarities than Differences RESEARCH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Ballard, P. J., Malin, H., Porter, T. J., Colby, A., Damon, W. 2015; 12 (1-2): 63-83
  • Entrepreneurship in young adults: Initial findings from the young entrepreneurs study JOURNAL OF APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY Geldhof, G. J., Malin, H., Johnson, S. K., Porter, T., Bronk, K. C., Weiner, M. B., Agans, J. P., Mueller, M. K., Hunt, D., Colby, A., Lerner, R. M., Damon, W. 2014; 35 (5): 410-421
  • Why a True Account of Human Development Requires Exemplar Research EXEMPLAR METHODS AND RESEARCH: STRATEGIES FOR INVESTIGATION Damon, W., Colby, A. 2013; 142: 13-25


    This chapter uses moral psychology to illustrate why exemplar methods are essential for building a valid, complete understanding of key domains of human development. Social psychological, economic, and biological-evolutionary paradigms for studying morality rely on samples drawn from the general population. This research reveals a bleak picture of morality, highlighting its irrational, self-interested, externally controlled aspects. If the subjects in these studies are confused, pliable, or profit-maximizing, these studies conclude that people in general are morally irrational and self-interested. In contrast, studies that investigate morally exceptional individuals reveal a more thoughtful, ideal-driven, self-reflective, creative version of moral functioning. Any account that neglects this high-functioning segment of the range is seriously misleading and cannot provide the basis for aspiration or education.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/cad.20046

    View details for Web of Science ID 000332400800002

  • Ethics Teaching in Undergraduate Engineering Education JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION Colby, A., Sullivan, W. M. 2008; 97 (3): 327-338
  • What is engineering practice? 5th Mudd Design Workshop Sheppard, S., Colby, A., Macatangay, K., Sullivan, W. TEMPUS PUBLICATIONS. 2006: 429–38
  • Passion & mastery in balance: toward good work in the professions DAEDALUS Damon, W., Colby, A., Bronk, K., Ehrlich, T. 2005; 134 (3): 27-35