Research/Areas of Interest:

Sociology of War and Peace; Political Sociology; Globalization


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, United States, 1975
  • BA, McGill University, Canada, 1969


Paul Joseph was most recently the Distinguished Chair for the United States-India Education Foundation (Fulbright program) and based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is a political sociologist with a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (1975). His research specialty is the politics surrounding foreign and defense policy, and especially the impact of public opinion and peace movements on policy outcomes. His books include a decision-making study on the Vietnam War, the debate over nuclear policy, and the security implications of the end of the Cold War. His last title, "Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful?" explores the influence of new public sensitivities toward the costs of war on the Bush administration's management of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also published articles, review essays, and encyclopedia entries on race and class in the United States, on Maori-Pakeha (European) relations in New Zealand, the memory politics surrounding Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the influence of peace movements on government policies. His current project is an investigation of "Human Terrain Teams," social scientists who are embedded in combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was for many years the director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Tufts University, and served two terms as president of the national Peace Studies Association. He has lectured in more than a dozen countries, served as guest curator for a Tufts Art Gallery exhibition based on the materials provided by peace museums in Japan, and experimented with video conferencing technology to develop co-curriculum with the Naval Academy and West Point. His teaching interests include war and peace, globalization, and political sociology, and he was recognized by Tufts University with the Lillian Liebner Award for Teaching and Guidance. He enjoys travel, sports, cooking, and the outdoors.