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James O. Pawelski, Ph.D., is professor of practice and director of education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as adjunct professor of Religious Studies. Having won a Fulbright Scholarship and earned a doctorate in philosophy, he is the founding director of the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project, which has been designated a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab. He is the author of The Dynamic Individualism of William James, editor of the philosophy section of the Oxford Handbook of Happiness, co-editor of The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies, co-editor of On Human Flourishing: A Poetry Anthology, and co-author (with his wife Suzann Pileggi Pawelski) of Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts. Additionally, he is the editor of the Oxford University Press book series on the Humanities and Human Flourishing and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Positive Humanities. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Pawelski is the founding director of Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program, the founding executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association, a member of the executive committee of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, and has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the International Positive Education Network and as President of the William James Society. He is an international keynote speaker who has given talks in more than 20 countries on six continents and is the recipient of a Practice Excellence Award from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and of the Humanitarian Innovation Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Culture from the Humanities Innovation Forum at the United Nations.

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