My interests are in social justice and education, including specializations in developmental psychology and ethics. I studied philosophy and religion at Hampshire College, and then educational neuroscience, human development, and the philosophy of education at Harvard University.

While a student at Harvard, I co-founded what would become Lectica, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the research-based, justice-oriented reform of large-scale standardized testing in K-12, higher-education, and business.

I’ve published on a wide range of topics including the philosophy of learning, educational technology, and integral theory. My work has appeared in a variety of academic journals including, American PsychologistNew Ideas in PsychologyMind, Brain, and Education, Integral Review, and the Journal of Philosophy of Education. I have taught classes at Harvard University,  Meridian University, and JFK University. My invited speaking engagements span a wide range of venues, from the National Security Agency to off-the-grid spiritual retreat centers.

These days:

  • I am a scholar at the Ronin Institute, where I reseach the relations between education, human development, and the evolution of civilizations.
  • I serve as Co-President and  Academic Director of the activist think-tank at the Center for Integral Wisdom, where I write and teach at the edges of integral meta-theory.
  • I act on the scientific advisor board of the Neurohacker Collective and other technology start-ups, where I use my expertise in ethics and human development to help guide innovation.
  • I offer human development and learning science consultations to schools, organizations, and educational technology companies.

This site makes available my publications and blog, as well as my services and ways to get involved and get in touch:  email.


Hampshire College, B.A., Philosophy / Cognitive Science (January 2004)

Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., Mind, Brain, and Education (June 2006)

Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Ed.D, Human Development and Education (Nov 2014)

Selected grants and awards

April 2006– Scheffler Fellowship, Philosophy of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

May 2006– Peirce Faculty Tribute Fellowship, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

May 2006–Intellectual Contribution Award, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

May 2008–Presidential Instructional Technologies Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Aug. 2008–Award for best overall research contribution, First Biannual International Integral Theory Conference, John F. Kennedy University. Pleasant Hill, CA.

Aug. 2009–Award for best overall contribution, Fourth Course of the International School on Mind, Brain, and Education, Focus on Educational Neuroscience and Ethics. Ettore Majorana Center for Scientific Culture, Erice (Sicily), Italy.

Oct. 2009–Nan Haar Award for excellence in teaching and research, Harvard Graduate School of Education

April 2011–Qualifying paper passed with distinction, Harvard University Graduate School of Education

July 2011–General Merit Scholarship from the Edmund J. Curley Fund, Harvard University.

Sept. 2013–Invited to give the Sidore Memorial Lecture on Ethics and Society, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH.

For the full 10 page CV: CV_Stein_Winter2015

(Yes, I balanced those rocks.)