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Robert V. Levine, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
California State University, Fresno
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E-mail: robertle@csufresno.edu - Fax: 559-278-7910

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The Power of Persuasion: How We're Bought and Sold

A Geography of Time

Reflections on 100 Years of Experimental Social Psychology

Journeys in Social Psychology: Looking Back to Inspire the Future

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Biographical Information

I grew up in Brooklyn New York. After graduating high school in 1963, I enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley where I had the blind good luck to experience the sixties from hippy central. After graduating from Berkeley in 1967, I went on to get a master's degree in clinical psychology from Florida State University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in personality/social psychology from New York University in 1974. I've been a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fresno ever since, with stints as Chairperson of the Department and as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Over the years I've also served as a Visiting Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niteroi, Brazil, at Sapporo Medical University in Japan, and at Stockholm University in Sweden.

I've written four books. The first, A Geography of Time (Basic Books/Perseus, 1997 was awarded the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award. It has been translated into six languages. The German translation (Eine Landkarte der Zeit) has also won awards, including being named "Non fiction Book of the Year" by the German science magazine Bild der Wissenschaft in 1999.

Second, my colleague Aroldo Rodrigues and I co-edited Reflections on 100 Years of Experimental Social Psychology (Basic Books/Perseus, 1999). This book grew out of a remarkable conference held in Yosemite National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Triplett's seminal study of bicycle racers-an experiment which has often been cited as the beginning of modern experimental social psychology. We brought nine giants of social psychology to Yosemite National Park to reflect upon the field which they have been so instrumental in creating: Elliot Aronson, Leonard Berkowitz, Morton Deutsch, Harold Gerard, Harold Kelley, Albert Pepitone, Bertram Raven, Robert Zajonc, and Philip Zimbardo. They each contributed chapters to the book.

Third, The Power of Persuasion: How We're Bought and Sold (John Wiley & Sons, 2003; updated paperback edition published in 2006) targets the mindsets of those who prod, praise, debase, and manipulate others to do things they never thought they'd do-and are sometimes later sorry they did. I took a hands-on approach in my research by, for example, taking jobs as a door-to-door salesman and a used car salesman. It was a fascinating experience. The book has now been translated into eight languages. It was named one of the "Ten Most Influential Books of 2003" by one international book group.

Finally, I co-edited Journeys in Social Psychology: Looking Back to Inspire the Future (Psychology Press, 2008) with my colleagues Aroldo Rodrigues and Lynnette Zelezny. This book consists of first person, narrative accounts of the career journeys of 13 of our most eminent social psychologists. Contributors include: Ed Diener, Robert Cialdini, Shelley Taylor, Alice Eagly, Bernard Weiner, Philip Zimbardo, Aroldo Rodrigues, Robert Rosenthal, Harry C. Triandis, Bertram Raven, Morton Deutsch, the late Harold Gerard, and the late Harold Kelley.

I love teaching and have had the good fortune to win several teaching awards. I teach courses in social psychology, including a special topics course, "The Psychology of Persuasion and Manipulation" (my favorite course), and am currently teaching the psychology department honors seminar.

I am active at Poverello House, a local organization that provides meals, services and shelter to the homeless. My major current project there is a tent city community we began in January, 2004, named "The Michael McGarvin, Jr. Village of Hope" in honor of the late son of the founder of Poverello House, "Papa Mike" McGarvin, Sr. The Village is a unique and ambitious enterprise in which a group of homeless people have come together, at their own initiative, to build a mutually supportive, self-governing community and, in the process, try to reclaim control of their lives. It has been a remarkable, educational and humbling experience to be part of this experimental community project. For more information about the Village go to my article in the UN Human Settlements NGO Newsletter. For more about Poverello House, see the Poverello House website.

I love creating art work-both paintings and sculpture. My work can be seen at the Chris Sorensen Studio, 2205 S. Van Ness in Fresno or by appointment.

I am married to Trudi Thom, who works as a school psychologist with Fresno County schools. We have two sons: Andy, who is working for the non-profit organization New Leaders for New Schools in New York City while simultaneously studying for his Master’s Degree in the Sociology of Education at Columbia Teacher’s College and Zach, who is an undergraduate at Columbia University majoring in  anthropology.  


For details of my work, see my VITA
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Brief Biographical Blurb:

Robert Levine is a Professor of Psychology and former Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno where he has won awards for both his teaching and research.  He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association.  In 2007 he was both named Outstanding Teacher of the year by the Western Psychological Association and received the Provost's Award for Teacher of the Year at California State University, Fresno.  He has published many articles in professional journals as well as articles in trade periodicals such as Discover, American Demographics, The New York Times, Utne Reader, and American Scientist. His book, A Geography of Time (Basic Books, 1997), was the subject of feature stories around the world, including Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, CNN, the BBC, ABC's Primetime, and NPR's All Things Considered and Marketplace. It has been translated into six languages.  His recent book, The Power of Persuasion: How We're Bought and Sold (John Wiley & Sons, 2003), has been translated into seven languages. An updated, paperback revision was published in 2006. He is President-Elect of the Western Psychological Association.

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Books:

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Robert Levine - Professor of Psychology - California State University, Fresno

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