Klaus Scherer obtained a doctorate from Harvard University in 1970. He became a professor of social psychology at the University of Giessen in Germany. From 1985 to 2008, Klaus Scherer was a professor of psychology at the University of Geneva and the director of the Human Assessment Centre (Laboratoire d’Evaluation Psychologique). He is now a professor emeritus at the University of Geneva and the director of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences. His research focuses on emotion. He has edited several collected volumes and handbooks and co-edits the "Affective Science Series" for Oxford University Press. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Emotion.