Faculty Profile: George Kent

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George Kent

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

George Kent is a part-time faculty member in the Transformative Social Change Specialization at Saybrook University, and also with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia.

He is Professor Emeritus with the University of Hawai’i, where he was a professor in the Department of Political Science until his retirement in 2010.

Professor Kent’s approach centers on finding remedies for social problems, especially finding ways to strengthen the weak in the face of the strong. He works on human rights, international relations, peace, development, and environmental issues, with a special focus on nutrition and children. His books include

• The Political Economy of Hunger: The Silent Holocaust. New York: Praeger, 1984;
• The Politics of Children’s Survival. New York: Praeger, 1991;
• Children in the International Political Economy. New York: Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 1995;
• Freedom from Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005;
• (editor) Global Obligations for the Right to Food. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008;
• Ending Hunger Worldwide. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2011.
• Regulating Infant Formula. Amarillo, Texas: Hale Publishing, 2011.

Professor Kent is Co-Convener of the Commission on International Human Rights of the International Peace Research Association. He has worked as a consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and several civil society organizations. He has been part of the Working Group on Nutrition, Ethics, and Human Rights of the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition. He helped to start the Hawai’i Food Policy Council in November 2010 (http://www.hawaiifoodpolicycouncil.org/).

Professor Kent’s vita is available at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kent/VITAKENT.DOC and his publications list is at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kent/PUBLICATIONSKENT.DOC

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Full vita for George Kent is available at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kent/VITAKENT.DOC


Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution


Current Projects and Professional Activities


Research Interests


Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling