Reinhard Pekrun

Reinhard Pekrun
University Professor and LMU Research Chair
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU)

Bio and Research Interest

Reinhard Pekrun holds the Chair for Personality and Educational Psychology at the University of Munich. His research areas include achievement emotion and motivation, personality development, and educational assessment. He pioneered research on emotions in education and originated the Control-Value Theory of Achievement Emotions. Pekrun is a highly cited researcher (see most cited authors, Web of Science, Essential Science Indicators) who has authored 21 books and more than 200 articles and chapters, including numerous publications in top journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology, Child Development, and Emotion. Pekrun is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, of the International Academy of Education, and of the Association for Psychological Science. He is a member of the editorial boards of leading journals such as Journal of Educational Psychology and Contemporary Educational Psychology. He also served as President of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Dean of the Faculty for Psychology and Education at the University of Regensburg, and Vice-President for Research at the University of Munich. In an advisory capacity, Pekrun is active in policy development and implementation in education. 

Recent Positions and honors

John G. Diefenbaker Award, Canada Council for the Arts  2015

Honorary Professorship, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia  2015 

Fellow Status, Association for Psychological Science (APS)  2015

LMU Research Chair, University of Munich  2012

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Educational Research, 

American Educational Research Association (AERA)  2012

Fellow Status, American Educational Research Association (AERA)  2012


University of Munich, 1982


Pekrun, R., Lichtenfeld, S., Marsh, H. W., Murayama, K., & Goetz, T. (in press). Achievement emotions and academic performance: Longitudinal models of reciprocal effects. Child Development.

Murayama, K., Pekrun, R., Suzuki, M., Marsh, H. W., & Lichtenfeld, S. (2015). Don't aim too high for your kids: Parental over-aspiration undermines students' learning in mathematics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. http://

Pekrun, R. (2014). Emotions and learning (Educational Practices Series, Vol. 24). International Academy of Education (IAE) and International Bureau of Education (IBE) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Geneva, Switzerland.

Pekrun, R., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. (Eds.). (2014). International handbook of emotions in education. New York: Francis & Taylor / Routledge.

Pekrun, R., Goetz, T., Frenzel, A. C., Barchfeld, P., & Perry, R. P. (2011). Measuring emotions in students’ learning and performance: The Achievement Emotions Questionnaire (AEQ). Contemporary Educational Psychology, 36, 36-48.


Pekrun, R. (2006). The control-value theory of achievement emotions: Assumptions, corollaries, and implications for educational research and practice. Educational Psychology Review, 18, 315-341.

Contact Information

Dr. Reinhard Pekrun
Department of Psychology
University of Munich
80802 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49-89-2180-5149

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