Daniel P. Barbezat
Daniel P. Barbezat is Professor of Economics at Amherst College.
He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University and Yale University and has taught in the summer program at Harvard University.
In 2004, he
won the J. T. Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History from the Economic History Association
is interested in how self-awareness and introspection can be used in post-secondary education, economic decision-making and creating and sustaining well-being.
With the support of a Contemplative Practice Fellowship in 2008, he
has developed courses that integrate contemplative exercises designed to enable students to gain deeper understanding and insight.
Along with his
experimental research on choice and awareness, he
is currently editing a group of papers on examples of contemplative pedagogy across the disciplines with Arthur Zajonc to be published by Routledge, and writing (and thinking, thinking, thinking about…) a book entitled Wanting.
Dr. Barbezat has worked with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society-the national hub for contemplative teaching and learning, committed to the positive transformation of the higher education system by supporting the use of contemplative/introspective practices to create engaged learning environments-as a Board Member, Treasurer and Associate Director of the Academic Program since 2009.
In 2012, he became the Executive Director of the Center.
has lectured and led workshops on contemplative learning and pedagogy throughout the United States and Canada and is actively working to expand and deepen the Center's programs, making its work more accessible and transformative for all.
Barbezat and Bush have brought us a path-breaking book that speaks from and to mindful educators intent on helping students focus their attention and resist distractions, find more of themselves in their academic work, and bring more of themselves into the task of crafting lives of meaning, purpose, and compassion."- Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita, Wellesley College
and Bush set forth a blueprint for a quiet revolution in education-placing student experience at the center of our learning objectives, supporting students in reconnecting with themselves while enabling them to feel their connections with an ever more diverse world.
and Mirabai Bush document a stunning array of contemplative applications, revealing a robust and innovative field of pedagogy."