Sara Harkness



Educational Background:

Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 1975
M.P.H., Maternal and Child Health, and Population Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, 1984
B.A., Comparative Literature, Brown University, 1964


Research Interests:

Cultural Structuring of Human Development; Parents Cultural Belief Systems and Parenting; Cognitive, Affective and Social Development in Early Childhood, Child Language Socialization; Theories of Culture and Human Development; Cultural Influences on Health At The Household and Community Levels; Family Policy.

Recent Publications:

Harkness, S., & Super, C.M. (Eds.) (2020).  Cross-cultural research on parents: Applications to the care and development of children.  New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, No.170, spring.

Harkness, S., & Super, C. M. (2020). Why understanding culture is essential for supporting children and families. Applied Developmental Science, 1-12. doi: 10.1080/10888691.2020.1789354


Sara Harkness
Contact Information
Phone860 486 4374
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road U1058 Storrs, CT 06269-1058 USA