Stefano DellaVigna was educated at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 2002, the same year he joined UC Berkeley as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008.
He is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for the years 2008-2010 and has been principal investigator for an National Science Foundation grant. Professor DellaVigna is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a 2008 recipient of UC Berkeley's Campus-Wide Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as a 2004 Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award.