Carol Gilligan was born on November 28th 1936. Gilligan was born and raised in New York City. She was an only child of William Friedman and Mabel Caminez. Her father was a lawyer meanwhile her mother was a nursery school teacher. Gilligan is married to James Gilligan who is the director of the centre for the Study on Violence at Harvard Medical School.
Gilligan received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. Gilligan also held an interest in music and pursued a career in modern dance during her graduate studies. Gilligan launched her teaching career at Harvard University in 1967. In 1970 she became a research assistant for Lawrence Kohlberg. Lawrence Kohlberg is known for his research on moral development and his stage theory of moral development, justice and rights. Gilligan also taught at the University of Cambridge from 1992 to 1994 as the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions. In 1997, she was assigned to the Patricia Albjerg Graham Chair in Gender Studies in Harvard University. Gilligan left Harvard to accompany New York University as a full professor with the School of Education and the School of Law. To this day Gilligan is a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge for the Centre of Gender Studies. Gilligan published her first novel, Kyra in 2008, and is best known for her work, In a Different Voice, which was described by Harvard University Press as "the little book that started a revolution." Throughout her career Gilligan received three awards. These awards include the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 1996 by the Univeristy of Lousville for her outstanding research in In a Different Voice, the Time Magazine award as one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1996, and the 4th annual Heinz Award in the Human Condition in 1998 for challenging...
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