Dr. Pamela Paresky is a Visiting Senior Research Associate at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago, Senior Scholar at the Network Contagion Research Institute, and Director of the Aspen Center for Human Development. Dr. Paresky also served as Senior Scholar in Psychology and Human Development at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) where she became the primary researcher and in-house editor of the book The Coddling of the American Mind.
Her work has been published in outlets such the Guardian, Quillette, The Brookings, The American Mind, Psychology Today, and The New York Times, among many others. She is the owner of her own consulting practice, Multigenerational Consulting Services, LLC, as well as the creator of A Year of Kindness, a research-based guided journal that encourages people to record daily acts of kindness and thoughts of gratitude. She currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Miami-based United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, as well as the Advisory Board of the Free Speech Union.
Dr. Paresky received a PhD in Human Development and Psychology from the University of Chicago, as well as a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.
“In the heat of the moment, people say all kinds of things that others find entirely reprehensible. But abundant empirical evidence indicates that we are all prone to judge the people whose ideas we dislike more harshly than the people whose ideas we like. And so we must all remember that when we defend freedom of speech, it is not ideas or people we are defending; it is the freedom itself.”