Herbert Kelman

Herbert Kelman

Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Psychology Department
Herbert Kelman


Herbert C. Kelman is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University and was (from 1993 to 2003) Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In 2016, he was awarded the Grand Medal of Honor for Meritorious Contributions to the Republic of Austria.

He received his PhD in Social Psychology from Yale University in 1951. He is past president of the International Studies Association, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Interamerican Society of Psychology, and several other professional associations. He is recipient of many awards, including the Socio-Psychological Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1956), the Kurt Lewin Memorial award (1973), the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (1981), the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order (1997), the Austrian Medal of Honor for Science and Art (1998), and the Gold Medal of Honor of the Federal Capital of Vienna (2012).

His major publications include International Behavior: A Social-Psychological Analysis (editor; 1965), A Time to Speak: On Human Values and Social Research (1968), and with V. Lee Hamilton Crimes of Obedience: Toward a Social Psychology of Authority and Responsibility (1989). He has been engaged for many years in the development of interactive problem solving, an unofficial third party approach to the resolution of international and intercommunal conflicts, and in its application to the Arab-Israeli conflict, with special emphasis on its Israeli-Palestinian component. He also chaired or co-chaired the Middle East Seminar (jointly sponsored by CMES and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs) since 1977 and currently co-chairs the seminar with Lenore Martin and Sara Roy.

Herbert C. Kelman's most recent books are Resolving Deep-Rooted Conflicts: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Interactive Problem-Solving (2016), Herbert C. Kelman: A Pioneer in the Social Psychology of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2017), and Transforming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Mutual Negation to Reconciliation (2018).


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