Clark Power

Professor, Program of Liberal Studies
Executive Director, Play Like a Champion


Ed.D. Harvard University, School of Education, Human Development, 1979
M.A. Washington Theological Union, Systematic Theology, 1974
B.A. Villanova University, Philosophy, 1970

Research and Teaching Interests

Child poverty, racism, and inequality; moral development and education; democratic education; community organizing; liberal arts education; youth sports


Clark Power is a Professor of Psychology and education in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), and a Concurrent Professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his Ed.D. from Harvard University in the area of Human Development. While at Harvard, he worked with Lawrence Kohlberg and his team to develop the manual for coding the stages of moral judgment. He also began his research on the just community approach to moral and democratic education.

Clark joined the Program of Liberal Studies in 1982. Continuing to study schools, he broadened his research and teaching to address children’s rights, school discipline, and community-based liberal arts education. In 2001, Clark turned to youth sports as a vehicle for promoting children’s development. Several years later, he founded Play Like a Champion, a non-profit serving youth sport organizations across the United States. Most recently, he has engaged in intervention research designed to support children in low-income urban neighborhoods through youth sports and afterschool activities.

Clark’s publications include The Measurement of Moral Judgment, Vol. II: Standard Issue Scoring Manual and Lawrence Kohlberg’s Approach to Moral Education; Self, Ego and Identity: Integrative Approaches; The Challenge of Pluralism: Education, Politics, and Values; Character Psychology and Education; Eliminating Corporal Punishment: The Way Forward to Constructive Child Discipline, and The Handbook of Moral Education.

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