Jeffrey Jensen Arnett received his PhD from the University of Virginia in 1986. He has taught at the University of Missouri and the University of Maryland, and he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Bordeaux.
Dr Arnett’s primary scholarly interest is in “emerging adulthood,” the age period from 18 to 29. He coined the term, and for over thirty years he has conducted research on emerging adults concerning a wide variety of topics, involving diverse groups in the United States as well as Denmark and China.
In 2010 Jeffrey Arnett founded the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (ssea.org), which sponsors a biennial conference and a journal. Other areas of Jeffrey’s research are media uses in adolescence, especially music and cigarette advertising, and risk behaviour in adolescence and emerging adulthood. He is a Senior Research Scholar in the psychology department at Clark University and the author of Emerging Adulthood, the book that brought attention to this new stage of life and has inspired a generation of talented researchers.