The William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Robert Kegan is the Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been writing on adult development for more than 30 years. His seminal books, The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads, have been published in several languages throughout the world.

He is the co-author of How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work; the widely distributed Harvard Business Review article, "The Real Reason People Don't Change;" and Immunity to Change: How to Overturn It and Release Potential in Yourself and Your Organization, published in 2009 by Harvard Business School Press. Kegan and collaborator Lisa Lahey recently received the Gislason Award for exceptional contributions to organizational leadership from Boston University.

Kegan also serves as the co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group, a Gates Foundation-funded program to enhance leadership capacities for district-wide improvement in America's public schools. He is the educational chair of Harvard's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education; co-director of a joint program undertaken by Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education to bring principles of adult learning to the reform of medical education; and he maintains an executive-coaching practice with senior people in the business and public sectors in the United States, South America, the Mideast, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Keegan took his AB, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College, and PhD from Harvard University.

Education

  • PhD, Harvard University

Extension School courses