Psychologist, professor, and novelist, Carol Gilligan was named by Time Magazine as one of 25 most influential Americans. Harvard University Press describes her 1982 book, In a Different Voice, as "the little book that started a revolution." Her first novel Kyra published in January 2008 was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle as "a rare thing: an engrossing, deeply emotional, thinking person's love story." Her 1992 co-authored book, Meeting at the Crossroads, was a New York Times Notable book of the year. In 2002, The Birth of Pleasure was praised by the Times Literary Supplement as a "thrilling new paradigm" and characterized by National Public Radio as the work of a psychologist who writes like a novelist.
As a member of the Harvard faculty, she held the university's first chair in gender studies. She received a Senior Research Scholar Award from the Spencer Foundation, a Grawemeyer Award for her contributions to education, and a Heinz Award for her contributions to understanding the human condition. Her recent work includes a critically acclaimed play, coauthored with her son Jonathan and inspired by The Scarlet Letter. Her latest book, co-authored with NYU law professor, David Richards titled, The Deepening Darkness: patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future was published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press. She is currently a University Professor at New York University.