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Alexander Asmolov

  • Alexander Asmolov has been at HSE University since 2017.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2008
    Acting Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 1997
  • 1996

    Doctor of Sciences*

  • 1982
    Associate Professor
  • 1976

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1972

    Degree in Psychology
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Courses (2018/2019)

Theory and Methodology of Modern Psychology (Master’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 1 year, 1, 2 module)Rus

Editorial board membership

  • 2010: Member of the Editorial Council, Вопросы образования (Educational studies).

  • 2010: Editor-in-chief, Образовательная политика.

  • 2008: Member of the Editorial Council, Культурно-историческая психология.

  • 2000: Member of the Editorial Board, Вопросы психологии (Voprosy Psikhologii).

  • 2000: Member of the Editorial Board, Мир психологии.

  • 2017–2019: Member of the Editorial Board, Психологические исследования: электронный научный журнал.

  • 2001–2003: Editor-in-chief, Век толерантности. Научно-публицистический вестник.


Employment history

Russian psychologist, politician, publicist; Chair of Personality Psychology Department, Faculty of Psychology Lomonosov MSU, Research Professor NRU HSE, Director of School of Anthropology of Future in Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Chairman of the Expert and Strategic Council and Scientific Supervisor of the Charitable Foundation “Contribution to the Future”, Doctor of psychological sciences, Honored Professor of Moscow State University, Academic of the Russian Academy of Education, Vice President of Russian Psychological Society, Honored Educator of the Higher School of Russian Federation, the holder of the Russian Federation Government prize in education. He was awarded the order of Friendship, the medal of K. D. Ushinsky and the medal of L. S. Vygotsky. Professor of the 2018 year in the nomination "Psychological Sciences", member of the presidential Council for civil society development and human rights.

A.G. Asmolov is the follower of psychology classics A.N. Leontiev and A.R. Luria. In his investigations he develops ideas of L.S. Vygotsky’s cultural-historical psychology and of N.A. Bernstein’s non-classical biology of purposeful activity. He is the founder of methodology of system-purposeful activity studies and historical-evolutional analysis of the personality development and their implementation in the strategy of personalization and socio-cultural modernization of education, as well as in cultural practices of variable education; cognitive psychology of activity.

Member of the Union of Writers of Moscow, member of the Russian Union of Journalists, Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Educational policy", Member of the Editorial Boards in journals: "Issues of psychology", "World of psychology", "Psychological research", "Cultural and historical psychology", "Education", "Teacher's newspaper".

Author of more than 400 works, published in Russia and abroad, on methodology and theory of evolution of complex systems, cultural-historical psychology, psychohistory, political psychology, ethology, psychophysics, neurocognitive science, personality psychology, psychology of negotiations and conflicts, practical psychology of education, as well as on problems of intercultural dialogue, tolerance and prevention of aggressive behavior.

A.G. Asmolov is the author of the following monographies: “Purposeful Activity and Mental Set””(1979), “Cultural-historical psychology and construction of the worlds” (1996), “On the other side of consciousness: methodological problems of non-classical psychology” (2002), textbook “Personality psychology: cultural-historical understanding of a human” (5 editions – from 1990 to 2019), “Optics of Enlightenment: socio-cultural perspectives” (2012, 2015), “Preadaptation towards ambiguity: unpredictable routes of evolution” (2018), “Mobilis in mobili: personality in the era of changes” (2018), «Vygotsky Today: On the Verge of Non-classical Psychology» (1998 ), «Das Persönlichkeitsproblem - Tätigkeit und Einstellung» (2014).

A.G. Asmolov pays close attention to the popularization of human studies, culture of dignity, motivation of personal self-development, pre-adaptive nature of jesters and “ugly ducklings” in the flows of changes, evolutional futurology in various author's cycles of broadcasts on radio and television, in mass media publications and on the Internet.

His metaphors: “An individual is to be born. A personality is to become. Individuality is to be stand up for”, “Change oneself without betraying yourself”, “Code of unpredictability

as an essence of human behavior” are passionately discussed by those, who care about the mysteries of the changing personality behavior in the changing world.