I’ve been a practicing clinical, research, and political psychologist for over thirty years. My current work focuses on “psychology for progressive purposes” — applying psychological knowledge to issues of social justice and social change.
I am the former executive director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, and a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. I’m also a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, which advocates against complicity in torture and in favor of restoring psychology’s commitment to do-no-harm ethics.
Over my career, I’ve written dozens of scholarly articles published in a variety of leading academic journals. In more recent years, my efforts have turned toward writing for a broader audience. In addition to my popular Psychology Today blog, my writing has appeared in outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Alternet, and Truthout. In recognition of contributions to the field, I was honored to receive the Anthony J. Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice.
I received my undergraduate degree from Princeton University and my doctorate in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Political Mind Games
I’m currently working on a book that describes the psychological “mind games” used by those with extraordinary wealth and power to grow their empire — while stifling the public’s outrage and solidarity over today’s extreme inequality.
Selected Media Appearances
Links to some of my articles for a range of media outlets, and audio files of some interviews I’ve done for radio and TV.
Selected Papers in Academic Journals
PDF versions of several of the articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and other outlets.
Brief YouTube videos I’ve created that examine issues of war, psychological ethics, and right-wing propaganda.
A Political Cartoon
I’m not a cartoonist (but some say a picture is worth a thousand words). To date, this is my one and only attempt.
Over the past year, a remote area of North Dakota has been the improbable and prophetic site of a struggle with profound ramifications for us all. The confrontation has pitted the Water Protectors — the Standing Rock Sioux, other Native American tribes, and their allies — against the oil profiteers of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. The source …
The season premiere of BBC America’s Planet Earth II includes remarkable footage from the desolate Galapagos Islands. In one striking scene, baby marine iguanas race across the sand, desperately trying to elude dozens of snakes eager for their next meal. Although such stark life-or-death struggles are difficult to watch, it helps to remember that they reflect nature’s …
In recent days President Trump has, yet again, asserted that millions of people illegally voted against him last November. Lies of such magnitude and consequence from the White House certainly deserve the attention and scorn they’ve received. After all, once we move beyond the realm of “alternative facts,” the real evidence shows that a person is more …