Joseph deRivera, Ph.D
Research: works on peace psychology
I've been working on a number of different problems in peace psychology, but they tend to fall in two different clusters. The first has to do with what the public needs to know about foreign policy, with how we might educate the public, and how we might motivate persons to develop into citizens who accept some responsibility for US foreign policy.

The second concerns with how we might measure collective emotional climates and use these measures to assess the peacefulness of different cultures.

A. Public education and responsibility

de Rivera, J. H. (1962). Teaching a course in the psychology of international relations. American Psychologist, 17, 695-699.

de Rivera, J. H. (1968). The psychological dimension of foreign policy (441pp.) Columbus, Ohio: Charles E. Merrill.

de Rivera, J. H. (1969). The responsibility of the psychologist in world affairs. Journal of Social Issues, 25, 71-82.

de Rivera, J. H. (1969). The democratic assertion of will. Psychiatric Social Science Review, 3, 14-18.

de Rivera, J. H. (1974). Remarks on the phenomenological approach to personality in politics. Proceedings symposium on analytical methodology, Central Intelligence Agency, RD/CDAM-1, June, 95-98.

de Rivera, J. H. (1982). The tension between "value free" and "value laden" teaching in addressing the issues of nuclear war. In H. Dunathan (Ed.), Symposium on the role of the academy in addressing the issues of nuclear war.

de Rivera, J. H. (1984). The experience of nuclear weapons. American Behavioral Scientist, 27, 739-756.

de Rivera, J. H. (1987). Individual responsibility and international affairs. Philip Uren Memorial Lecture, Ottawa: Carleton University.

de Rivera, J. H. (1988). Editor with R. V. Wagner and M. Watkins of Psychology and the Promotion of Peace, special issue of Journal of Social Issues, 44, 2.

de Rivera, J. H. & Laird, J. D. (1988). Peace fair or warfare: Educating the community. Journal of Social Issues, 44, 59-80.

de Rivera, J. H. (1989). Editor of Emotions and Justice, special issue of Social Justice Research, 3, 4. New York: Plenum Press.

de Rivera, J. H. (1989). Love, fear and justice: Transforming selves for the new world. Social Justice Research, 3, 387-426.

de Rivera, J. H. (1990). The role of psychology in interdisciplinary peace studies. Paper presented at the inaugural symposium on Peace Psychology at the American Psychological Association meeting. Boston, MA.

de Rivera, J. H. (1990). Peace psychology in the United States. Paper presented at a meeting of the Organization of Japanese Peace Psychologists. Tokyo, Japan.

de Rivera, J. H. (1991). La psicologia de la paz en los Estados Unidos. Revista de Psicologia Social, 6, 87-93.

de Rivera, J. H. (1991). Una organizacion por la psicologia de paz? Apuntes de Psicologia, No. 32, 13-15.

de Rivera, J. H., Gerstmann, E. A., & Maisels, L. (1994). The Emotional Motivation of Righteous Behavior. Social Justice Research, 7, 91-106.

de Rivera, J. H., Gerstmann, E. and Maisels, L. (2002). Acting righteously: The influence of attitude, moral responsibility, and emotional involvement. In M. Ross and D.T. Miller (Eds.) The justice motive in social life. N.Y. Cambridge University Press.

de Rivera, J.H. (2003). Aggression, violence, evil, and peace. In T. Millon & M.J. Lerner (Eds.) Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology, Volume 5: Personality and Social Psychology (pp. 569-598). New York: Wiley & Sons, Inc.  PDF


Mahoney, C., & de Rivera, J. H. (2008). Promoting a Department of Peace: An exploration of affective states and political perceptions. Peace and Conflict, 14, 61-73.

de Rivera, J. (2010). Teaching about culture of peace as an approach to peace education. In G. Salomon & E. Cairns (Eds.) Handbook on Peace Education. NY: Taylor and Francis (pp.187-198)

de Rivera (2011). La enseñanza de la cultura de paz como un enfoque de la educación para la paz. In D. Páez, C.M. Beristain, J.L. González-Castro, N.K. Baranano, J. de Rivera (Eds.) Superando la violencia colectiva y construyendo cultura de paz. Madrid: Editorial Fundamentos

de Rivera, J. (2012). Overcoming the psychological obstacles to a non-killing world. In D. J. Christie & J.E. Pim, (,Eds.) Nonkilling Psychology (pp. 213-244). Honolulu: Center for Global Nonkilling.



B. Collective Emotions

de Rivera, J. H. (1992). Emotional climate: Social structure and emotional dynamics. In K.T. Strongman (Ed.), International Review of Studies on Emotion. New York: John Wiley & Sons.  PDF

de Rivera, J.H. (1999). Measuring the emotional climate of a community. Poster at APA Boston, Aug. 24.

de Rivera, J.H. (1999). Changes in the emotional climate of Guatemala. Poster at APA. Boston. Aug. 21.

de Rivera, J.H. (2000). Assessing the emotional climate and culture of peace in different societies. Paper presented at the COPRED conference, Austin, TX. March 31.

de Rivera, J.H. (in press). Emotion and the formation of social identities. In J. Barbalt and M.L. Lyons (Eds.) Emotion in Social Theory: Cross-Disciplinery Perspectives. London: Rowman & Littlefield.

de Rivera, Joseph (2004), Assessing the basis for a culture of peace in contemporary societies. Journal of Peace Research, 41,531-548.  MS Word

de Rivera, J.H. (2004), Assessing the culture of peace in the United States. Peace and Conflict, 10.  MS Word

de Rivera, J. H. (2005). Assessing the culture of peace in different nations. UN Chronicle, 42(2), 53-55.


de Rivera, J. H. (2007). Transforming the Empire with a Department of Peace. Peace and Change, 32(1), 4-19.

de Rivera, J. H. (2007). Tamara Dembo's Socio-emotional relationships. In J. Valsiner (Ed.), Thinking in Psychological Science: Ideas and their Makers (pp.265-279). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

de Rivera, J. H., & Paez, D. (2007). Emotional climate, human security, and cultures of peace. Journal of Social Issues, 63(2), 233-253.

de Rivera, J. H., Kurrien, R., & Olsen, N. (2007). The emotional climate of nations and their culture of peace. Journal of Social Issues, 63(2), 255-271.

Bar-Tal, D., Halperin, E., & de Rivera, J. (2008). Collective emotions in conflict situations: Societal implications. Journal of Social Issues, 63(2), 441-460.

de Rivera, J. (2009). Introduction. In J. de Rivera (Ed.). Handbook on building cultures of peace. NY: Springer. (pp. 1-8)

de Rivera, J. (2009) Assessing the peacefulness of cultures. In J. de Rivera (Ed.). Handbook on building cultures of peace. NY: Springer. (pp. 89-103)

de Rivera, J. (2009). Using the tools to build the UN bases. In J. de Rivera (Ed.). Handbook on building cultures of peace. NY: Springer. (pp. 379-385)

de Rivera, J. (2009) Building cultures of peace that protect human rights. Psyke & Logos, 30 (1) 14-27.

de Rivera, J. (2009). Climate, emotional. In D. Sander & K.R. Scherer (Eds.) The Oxford Companion to Emotion and the Affective Sciences. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press (pp.88-89).

de Rivera, J. & Yurtsever, G. (2010). National emotional climate and the value of freedom. Beliefs and Values, 2 (1), 57-65.

de Rivera, J. (in press). Culture of peace. In D. Christie (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. NY: Wiley.

de Rivera, J. (in press) Emotional climate for a culture of peace. In D. Christie (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. NY: Wiley.

de Rivera, J. (in press). Emotional climate and culture of peace. In E.Zubieat (Ed.) Psicología Política.