Marc Pilisuk



Marc Pilisuk

Adjunct Faculty

Transformative Social Change
Saybrook University
Office Phone
510 -526-0876
Email [email protected]

Marc Pilisuk is Professor Emeritus at the University of California and currently serves on the faculty at Saybrook University, teaching conflict resolution, globalization, action research, relationships in health and healing, ecological psychology and sustainability. His primary interests lie in the application of the values and knowledge of humanistic psychology and human sciences to the cause of social justice, healthy societies, environmental sustainability and world peace. He works with the goal of empowering people and communities to make transformative changes in resisting forces toward violence and affirming interdependence with others and with the natural world. Dr. Pilisuk's distinguished academic career spans five decades, covering humanitarian topics of peace and violence, social justice, environmental politics, social networks and family care-giving.

In 1967, he joined the faculty of U.C. Berkeley, where he taught psychology, social welfare, community mental health, peace and conflict studies, and city and regional planning. Dr. Pilisuk merged academic scholarship with campus organizing to oppose the Vietnam war and seek social justice. Dr. Pilisuk co-edited two books about poverty in 1971 and 1973, and completed another text on International Conflict and Social Policy in 1972. He is a co-author of The Triple Revolution (in technological militarism, cybernation and human rights). In 1977, he joined the faculty of U.C. Davis, where he taught for 15 years as Professor of Community Studies and chaired the Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences (later renamed the Department of Human and Community Development). He capped several years of research on social ties and health with, The Healing Web: Social Networks and Human Survival.

His latest book is The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War. Professor Pilisuk also recently co-edited the three-volume anthology Peace Movements Worldwide in which scholars practitioners document the history and growth of the peace movement, why it is important, who gets involved, and how it can succeed. He is a founder of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility and past president of The Society for Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence (Division 48 of the American Psychological Association). Among his national awards for research, graduate level teaching and public service is the Howard Zinn award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association. His academic work in peer reviewed publications and in books has covered areas of cognitive congruity, experimental studies of game theory, conflict resolution, the military- industrial complex, veterans' experience and care, community effects of environmental contamination, structural violence, racial justice, poverty, social network analysis, ageing, care-giving, community organizing, professional ethics and globalization.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Transformative Social Change Class Analysis
Community Health
Community Organizing
Conflict Resolution
Global Civil Society
Human Rights
Indigenous Politics and Leadership
Neoliberal and Neocolonial Systems
Participatory Democracy
Peace and Justice Studies
Social Change Interventions
Social Impact Media
Social Justice
Social Movements and Movement Building
Socially Engaged Spirituality
Structural Obstacles to Transformative Change in Economics and Politics
Sustainability and Ecology
Transformative Social Change
Veterans Issues
Violence Prevention
Curriculum Vitae