An international scholar in the fields of group and intergroup dynamics, organizational change and leadership, Kenwyn Smith has been a stalwart at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), where he is currently a professor of organizational behavior. During his time at UPenn, Kenwyn has been the director at The Center of Workplace Studies, served as faculty master of Ware College House and created Penn’s Graduate Program in Nonprofit Leadership, a partnership among multiple schools.

Kenwyn’s research experience ranges from prisons to schools; from businesses to healthcare institutions and from state enterprises to social entrepreneurial activities. He has also worked in areas like oppressed Black townships in South Africa, agencies creating sustainable livelihoods in rural India, pharmaceuticals in Belgium and financial services in urban America.

Across his career, Kenwyn has helped found a number of volunteer-based non-profit organizations, worked on six continents, and taught students from over 100 countries.


Kenwyn is also a prolific writer, having published seven books— The Abundance-Scarcity Paradox (2019), Freed to be Fathers: Lessons from Men Doing Time (2003), Yearning for Home in Troubled Times (2003), Manna in the Wilderness: Ten Lessons in Abundance (2002), Paradoxes of Group Life (1987), The Self in Social Inquiry: Researching Methods (1985), and Groups in Conflict: Prisons in Disguise (1982).

Educational Qualifications

  • PhD & MA, Yale University
  • MA, University of Queensland