John D. Greenwood was born in Elgin, Scotland and educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MA with first class honors (summa cum laude) in Mental Philosophy, and the University of Oxford, where he received his DPhil in Philosophy. Greenwood’s special areas of interest are the history and philosophy of philosophy of social and psychological science, on which he was published extensively in philosophy, psychology, and history of psychology and social science journals. He is the author of Explanation and Experiment in Social Psychological Science (Springer-Verlag, 1989), Relations and Representations (Routledge, 1991), Realism, Identity and Emotion (Sage, 1994), The Disappearance of the Social in American Social Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and A Conceptual History of Psychology (McGraw-Hill, 2008). In 2015, Cambridge University Press published a second edition of A Conceptual History of Psychology: Exploring the Tangled Web and Psychology Press reprinted Relations and Representations. Greenwood also edited The Idea of Psychology (Singapore University Press, 1987), The Future of Folk Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 1991) and The Mark of the Social (1997). He is Associate Editor of the Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior and a member of the editorial board of Social and Personality Compass (History and Methods). He is currently working on two books, Science and Society: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science and The History and Philosophy of Psychopathology.
Greenwood taught at Kingston College, England, the National University of Singapore, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before joining the philosophy faculty at City College from 1988 to 2013, where he served as head of the philosophy department from 1995 to 2001. He was appointed concurrently to the doctoral faculty in philosophy at the Graduate Center in 1991, where he served as Executive Officer from 2002 to 2008, and continues to serve as Deputy Executive Officer. He also regularly teaches history of psychology and moral psychology in the Ph.D. program in Psychology. He is a regular visitor to the National University of Singapore, which he considers his second academic home.