Ervin Staub Ph.D.

Ervin Staub, Ph.D.

Ervin Staub, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Founding Director of its Ph.D. concentration in the Psychology of Peace and Violence. He is the author of many books including Positive Social Behavior and Morality, The Roots of Evil, and The Psychology of Good and Evil. His latest book is Overcoming Evil: Genocide, Violent Conflict and Terrorism, Oxford, 2011, Staub was born in Hungary, where as a young child he lived through Nazism, and then communism. He escaped from there at age 18 years old, lived in Vienna for two years, and then came to the U.S. He received his Ph.D. at Stanford, taught at Harvard and was a visiting professor at Stanford, the University of Hawaii, and the London School of Economic and Political Science. He has worked in many real world settings, including Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo on reconciliation, with the L.A. police to reduce the use of unnecessary foce, in schools to raise caring and non-violent children. He was also President of the International Society for Political Psychology and of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. For his awards, downloads of articles and more information see

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In the Garden of Good and Evil

From altruism to violent conflict.
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