UMD: A Globally Connected University

Judith Torney-Purta

Professor Emerita
3304S Benjamin Building
College Park, MD 20742
Work Phone: 
301 405 2806
Expert Credentials: 

Graduate Course: Culture, Context and Human Development in EDHD Dept. Projects and Organizations: IEA Civic Education Study (; CEDARS (Civic Education Data and Research Services Project); Council of Europe - Education for Democratic Citizenship Project; Organization of American States - Strengthening Democracy in the Americas through Civic Education Project; National Center for Learning and Citizenship Database of Assessment Items Project (; Political Engagement Project, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Center for Political Psychology, University of Minnesota Notable Books: Citizenship and Education in Twenty-eight Countries: Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age Fourteen (2001, IEA,; Civic Education Across Countries: Twenty-four National Case Studies from the IEA Civic Education Project (1999, IEA, Choice Award Winner) Recipient of Nevitt Sanford Award (International Society for Political Psychology, 2001), Decade of Behavior Research Award in Democracy (2005), International Landmark Award for International Research (University of Maryland, 2005).

Area of Expertise: 

Civic and political knowledge and attitudes of high school and university students cross- nationally; school climate and political socialization in democratic countries; assessing students' civic knowledge; policy implications of collaborative and interdisciplinary civic education research.

Ph.D. Human Development (Developmental Psychology) University of Chicago (1965)