Seth J. Schwartz was born in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and moved to Florida at the age of 10. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology at Florida State University in 1993, his master's degree in family and child sciences at Florida State University in 1996, and his PhD in developmental psychology at Florida International University in 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow, and later a professor, at the University of Miami from 2000 to 2020. Dr. Schwartz joined the UT-Austin College of Education in January 2021.
Dr. Schwartz is the author or editor of three scholarly books (Handbook of Identity Theory and Research, Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and Health, and Writing for Publication in the Social and Health Sciences). He has published more than 330 journal articles and has received 8 grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and other funders.
Dr. Schwartz and his wife, Lisa, have been married since January 2000 and have two teenage daughters, Angelica (born 2003) and Alexia (born 2005). He is a distance runner and has completed 35 half marathons since 2012. He is also a passionate sports fan - especially of the New York Yankees, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, and Florida State Seminoles.