Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D.
Silvia-Chandley Professor of Nonviolence & Peace Studies (2010-2012)
Paul Bueno de Mesquita, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island, was first introduced to Kingian nonviolence by Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. under whose mentorship and guidance he became a Level III advanced Kingian Nonviolence trainer. Paul has served as director of the URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies since 2009 and was honored as the first recipient of the Silvia-Chandley Professorship in Peace Studies at URI in 2010-2012
For the past seven years he has directed the annual URI International Nonviolence Summer Institute, and has personally been responsible for the recruitment and training of a growing network of certified trainers in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation methods, which includes several hundred members from over 40 countries and 26 US states.
For more than thirty years Paul has worked as a scientist-practitioner psychologist and advocate for violence prevention and positive psychological development, particularly in under-represented and underserved economically disadvantaged communities in the US and abroad. In collaboration with peace activists, NGOs, and universities he has conducted international nonviolence trainings in Nepal, Jammu-Kashmir, India, and West Africa. Under his leadership the Center continues to fulfill its mission to realize Dr. King’s final vision of a global beloved community by providing transformative nonviolence and inner peace training and education programs at international and institutional levels.
A recently completed book, edited by Paul, Kingian Nonviolence: Applications for International & Institutional Change, is a collection of chapters contributed by international participants who have earned certification in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation at the International Nonviolence Summer Institute sponsored annually by the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies. Inspirational chapters describe international and institutional applications of Kingian nonviolence and are organized into geographic sections spanning four continents: South America, Africa, South Asia, and the Balkans of Southeast Europe. The stories in this volume offer evidence of the various ways in which training and education in the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence can support and guide social change at both the international and institutional levels.