William Woodward

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William Woodward

William R. Woodward teaches for psychology; the race, culture, and power minor; and women’s studies. He is the author of 33 peer-reviewed articles, 24 chapters, and 24 book reviews in the history of psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a member of divisions of history of psychology, international psychology, and the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology. He has edited four books: The Problematic  Science: Psychology in Nineteenth-Century Thought, Psychology in Twentieth Century Thought and Practice, World Views and Scientific Discipline Formation: Science Studies in the German Democratic Republic, B. F.  Skinner and Behaviorism in American Culture. He has won fellowships from the National Institute of Medicine, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, NSF, IREX, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012 he donated his books to the Woodward Library at the University of Juiz de Fora near Rio de Janeiro. His research specialties include the philosopher-physician Hermann Lotze, scientific biography of U.S. and European psychologists, women emigrées in psychology, and 9/11 truth. He is active in the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences as well as Cheiron: International Society for the History of the Human Sciences. He is a former member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the History of Science Society. In N.H., he belongs to Cultures of Peace, Creating a Peaceful World through Sustaining Our Planet, Seacoast Peace Response, Seacoast 9/11 Questions Group, the Antipollution League (contra Seabrook licensing), and the Palestine Education Network.


  • Ph.D., History Teacher Education, Yale University
  • M.A., Princeton University
  • M.A., Yale University
  • B.A., Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Environmental Justice
  • Gender Equality
  • Genocide
  • German Language/Literature
  • Gestalt Psychology
  • History of Medicine
  • History of Philosophy
  • History of psychology
  • History of Science & Technology
  • Psychology
  • Scientific biography

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 401: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 571: Pioneers of Psychology
  • PSYC 791: AdvTop/Race Power & Culture

Selected Publications

Woodward, W. R. (2018). Bruner’s lectures: Cultural psychology in statu nascendi. In G. Jovanovic, L. Allolio-Naecke, & C. Ratner (Eds.), The challenges of cultural psychology: Historical legacies and future responsibilities. London: Routledge.

Woodward, W. R. (2018). Thinking with cultural psychology about the future. In G. Jovanovic, L. Allolio-Naeke, & C. Ratner (Eds.), The challenges of cultural psychology: Historical legacies and future responsibilities. London, UK: Routledge.

Woodward, W. R. (2018). Fechner (1801-1887) for and in psychology. Part I. Archives of Psychology, 2(5), 1-22.

Woodward, W. R. (2017). Was Hermann Lotze für die U. S. Amerikaner bedeutete. In U. Schollmeyer (Ed.).

Woodward, W. R., & Higiro, J. -M. V. (2015). The commodification of genocide. Part I. Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) control of the international media. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 5, 25-32.

Woodward, W. R. (2015). Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Robinson, J. K., & Woodward, W. R. (1989). The Convergence of Behavioral Biology and Operant Psychology: Toward an Interlevel and Interfield Science. The Behavior Analyst, 12(2), 131-141. doi:10.1007/bf03392490

WOODWARD, W. R. (1982). THE DISCOVERY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIORISM AND SOCIAL-LEARNING THEORY, 1870-1980. AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST, 37(4), 396-410. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

WOODWARD, W. R. (1979). YOUNG PIAGET REVISITED - FROM THE GRASP OF CONSCIOUSNESS TO DECALAGE. GENETIC PSYCHOLOGY MONOGRAPHS, 99(1), 131-161. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Woodward, W. R. (1978). From Association to Gestalt: The Fate of Hermann Lotze's Theory of Spatial Perception, 1846-1920. Isis, 69(4), 572-582. doi:10.1086/352115

Most Cited Publications