Short CV

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION                                





Education and degrees:

                B.A.  (English and Psychology), Brooklyn College, 1947

                B.H.L.  (Judaica), SeminaryCollege of Jewish Studies, 1947

                M.S.  (Psychology), YaleUniversity, 1949

                Ph.D.  (Psychology), YaleUniversity, 1951

                A.M.  (hon.), HarvardUniversity, 1969

                Professor honorario, Universidad San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru, 1979

                L.H.D.  (hon.), BrooklynCollege of the City University of New York, 1981

                L.H.D.  (hon.), HofstraUniversity, 1983

                Doctor Honoris Causa in Political Science and Sociology, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 1995


Current positions at Harvard University:

Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Department of Psychology, 2004–

Faculty Associate, Emeritus, WeatherheadCenter for International Affairs, 2004–

Co-chair of the Middle East Seminar, WeatherheadCenter and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 1996–

Fellow at Cabot House

Advisory Committee Member, Harvard Faculty Club (2010-)


Major previous positions:

Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, 1951–54

                Research Psychologist, National Institute of Mental Health, 1955–57

                Lecturer on Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1957–62

Professor of Psychology, and Research Psychologist at the Center for Research on Conflict Resolution,

University of Michigan, 1962–69; Chair of the Doctoral Program in Social Psychology, 1966–67.

Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Harvard University, 1968–99; Chair of the Doctoral Program in Social Psychology, 1994–97; Richard Clarke Cabot Research Professor of Social Ethics, 1999–2004; Member of the Executive Committee (1976–2004) and Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (1993–2003), Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Chair of the Middle East Seminar, Weatherhead Center and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 1977–96.


Other appointments:

                Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1954-55; 1967

                USPHS Special Research Fellow, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway, 1960-61

                Visting Fellow, Western Behavioral Science Institute, 1964

                Chair, Intl Conference on Social-Psychological Research in Developing Countries, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1966

                Richard M. Elliott Lecturer, University of Minnesota, 1969

                Visiting Fellow, Battelle Seattle Research Center, 1972-73

                Floyd Allport Lecturer, University of Syracuse, 1976

                President, XVI Interamerican Congress of Psychology, 1976

                Resident Scholar, Bellagio Study and ConferenceCenter, 1977; 1985

                Distinguished Visiting Professor, AmericanUniversity in Cairo, 1977

                Fellow, WoodrowWilsonInternationalCenter for Scholars, 1980-81

                Guggenheim Fellow, 1980-81

                The 1981 Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

                Edmund Janes James Lecturer, University of Illinois, 1985

                Visiting Scholar, Truman and Davis Institutes, HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem, 1985


                Resident Scholar, Interfaith Academy of Peace, TanturEcumenicalCenter for Theological Research,         

                                Jerusalem, 1985

                Sterling McMurrin Distinguished Visiting Professor of Liberal Education, University of Utah, 1985

                Distinguished Lecturer on Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, 1985

JenningsRandolph Distinguished Fellow of the U.S. Institute of Peace, 1989-90

                Visiting Professor, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, 1994

Phillip and Patricia Frost Distinguished Lecturer, College of Education, Florida International Univ., 1997

                25th Katz-Newcomb Lecturer, University of Michigan, 1997

                American Psychological Foundation’s William Bevan Lecturer on Psychology and Public Policy, 1998

                Ben and Sylvia Slomoff Lecturer, University of Massachusetts—Boston, 2000

                Visiting Scholar, Austrian Institute for International Affairs, 2000, 2004, 2007

Perlmutter Lecturer on Ethnic Conflict, Foreign Policy Research Institute—Philadelphia, October 2001

Visiting Professor on Crisis Management and Conflict Research, Austrian Institute for Intl. Affairs, 2002


Professional activities:

                President, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 1964-65

                President, Division of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1970-71

                President, Peace Science Society, 1975-76

                President, Interamerican Society of Psychology, 1976-79

                President, International Studies Association, 1977-78

                Chair, Section on Social Psychology, American Sociological Association, 1977-78

                President, International Society of Political Psychology, 1985-86

                President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, 1990-92

                President, Division of Political Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology, 1990-94

                Honorary President, Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation,

Vienna/Jerusalem 2011-


Member of editorial board or editorial consultant (at various times) for:

Bulletin of the Research Exchange on the Prevention of War; J. of Conflict Res.; Human Relations; Intl. Studies Quart; J. of Abnormal and Social Psych.; J. of Personality and Social Psych.; J. of Social Issues; J. of Applied Behavioral Science; Sociometry; Psychiatry; Ethos; Social Justice Research; J. of Law and Human Behavior; IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research; Intl. Interactions; Intl. Studies Notes; Negotiation J; Peace and Change; Peace and Conflict: J of Peace Psych.; Peace and Conflict Studies; New Outlook. Also for Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology; and for Psychology and the Prevention of Nuclear War.



                International behavior: A social-psychological analysis.  New York: Holt, 1965.  (Editor and co-author)

                A time to speak: On human values and social research.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1968.

Cross-national encounters: The personal impact of an exchange program for broadcasters.  San Francisco:

Jossey- Bass, 1970. (With Raphael S. Ezekiel and collaboration of Rose B. Kelman)

Ethics of social intervention.  Wash. & London: Hemisphere, 1978. (Co-ed. w/ G. Bermant & D. Warwick)

Crimes of obedience: Toward a social psychology of authority and responsibility. New Haven & London:

YaleUniversity Press. (W/ V. Lee Hamilton)

                Israel and Palestine—Two states for two peoples: If not now, when? (Berger, A., Cox, H., Kelman, H.C.,

                        Martin, L.G., Mendelsohn, E., Norton, A.R., Steiner, H., & Walt, S.M) An electronic publication

available at the Foreign Policy Association online bookstore:

                Articles and chapters on attitude change and social influence, authority and legitimacy, nationalism and

political ideology, international relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, conflict resolution,

psychotherapy, and the ethics of social research (nearly 300 items).



Socio-psychological Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1956

Kurt Lewin Memorial Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 1973

Fourth Annual Award of the Intl. Society for Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Interchanges, 1977

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, American Psychological Association, 1981

The 1982 New YorkAcademy of Science Award

The 1983 Interamerican Psychology Award

Sanford Award of the International Society of Political Psychology, 1983

The 1983 Career Contribution Award, Massachusetts Psychological Association

Election to Council on Foreign Relations, 1983

Best theoretical research article in peace psychology, 1987–88, Psychologists for Social Responsibility

The 1990 Recognition Award from the Center for Psychological Studies in the Nuclear Age for contributions to the development of a new psychology of global survival

The Distinguished Contribution Award in the Psychology of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Psychologists

for Social Responsibility, 1992

Distinguished Group Psychologist Award, Division of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy (Division 49), American Psychological Association, 1995

Distinguished Career Award, Peace and War Section of the American Sociological Association, 1995

Distinguished Service Award, Fellowship in Israel for Arab-Jewish Youth, 1995

Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, University of Louisville, 1997

Lifetime Contribution Award, Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Assn., 1997

Lifetime Achievement Award, International Association of Conflict Management, 1998

Distinguished Service Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 1998

Austrian Medal of Honor for Science and Art First Class, 1998

James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society in recognition of distinguished achievements in psychological science, June 2000

Ben-Gurion Medal, “with gratitude for your work towards peace,” Ben-GurionUniv. of the Negev, 2001

Post 50th Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, BrooklynCollege, 2002

Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award, Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, 2006

Honorable mention, the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-violence, 2006

 IPRA Peace Award (for Founders of Peace Research) from the International Peace Research Assn., 2008

The Socrates Prize for Mediation, Centrale für Mediation, Germany, 2009

Cranbrook Peace Award, Wayne State University, 2011

The Gold Medal of Honor of the Federal Capital of Vienna, 2012