Lester R. Kurtz

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Lester R. Kurtz

"Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies, Lester R. Kurtz, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has been a visiting professor at Delhi university (India), Tunghai University (Republic of China), Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

"Dr. Kurtz has published many papers, articles and books including Gods in the Global Village (Pine Forge/Sage, 1995), The Politics of Heresy (University of California Press, 1986), The Nuclear Cage (Prentice-Hall, 1984) and Evaluating Chicago Sociology (University of Chicago Press, 1982). He is Editor-in-Chief of a 4-volume Encyclopedia of Violence Peace and Conflict published by Academic Press in 1999, and co-editor of The Web of Violence (with Jennifer Turpin, University of Illinois Press, 1986) and Nonviolent Social Movements: The Geography of Nonviolence (with Stephen Zunes and Sarah Beth Asher, Blackwell)

"He has served as Director of Religious Studies, an Editorial Consultant for the American Journal of Sociology, chair of the Peace Studies Association and the Peace and War Section of the American Sociological Association.

"Dr. Kurtz is currently writing a book on "Fighting with Gandhi: The Paradox of India's Nonviolence." He is also collaborating with filmmaker James Otis on documentary films, "Peaceful Warriors: The History of Nonviolence" (with Martin Sheen as narrator) and "Faces of Islam." He has lectured in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

"Dr. Kurtz is affiliated with the South Asia Institute at UT-Austin." [1]

Contributors to his coedited book The Web of Violence included Robert Jay Lifton, Christopher G. Ellison, John P. Bartkowski, Yuan-Horng Chu, Philip Smith, Robert Elias, Birgit Brock-Utne, Riane Eisler, Johan Galtung.

Criticism of Kurtz

Awards and Grants [5]

  • National Institutes of Health, co-principal investigator with Alfred McAlister, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, “Moral Disengagement: Measurement and Modification” (NIH GRANT 1 R21 HD40067: $869,000, Sept. 2000 – May 2003)
  • Ford Foundation, “Gandhian Models of Economic Development: Trade versus the Environment” [with Rennison Lalgee and S. Jeyapragasam, 1998
  • Academic Press grant for preparation of The Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 1995
  • National Science Council (Republic of China), Visiting Research Professorship, 1992-1993
  • Indo-U.S. Fellowship, Indo-U.S. Sub-Commission on Education and Culture, 1990
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, 1990
  • National Science Foundation (U.S.A.) Grant, 1989-1990
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship Award, Fall, 1988


Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Lester R. Kurtz, Population Research Center, accessed December 19, 2007.
  2. Academic Advisors, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, accessed March 21, 2010.
  3. CV, Population Research Center, accessed December 19, 2007.
  4. Editorial Board, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, accessed April 7, 2008.
  5. CV, Population Research Center, accessed December 19, 2007.

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