V. K. Kool

  • Faculty
  • Professor
  • 2271 Donovan Hall
  • 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
Phone Number
  • 315-792-7336
Fax Number
  • (315) 792-7503
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Selected honors and awards:
  • American Psychological Association's Peace Division Project Proposal Award in global competition, 2015.
  • Fulbright Specialist award, 2011 -2015 (five years).
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar award, 2005-06.
  • Goodell Research and Creativity Award, SUNYIT, 2006.
  • Served the Editorial Board of American Psychological Association's Peace Division journal, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, for seven years (1994 - 2001).
  • Guest Editor, Gandhi Marg journal, Spring 2014-a peer reviewed internationally acclaimed journal on nonviolence in which leading scholars from University of Notre Dame, Williams College, Boston University and others contributed. I also contributed an article in this journal: Whither Skinner's science of behavior, his analysis of Gandhi and the aftermath.
  • Selected for speaking at the conference at Stanford University, May 7, 2016 and later a book signing event was hosted for the invited speakers.
  • Selected for speaking at the Einstein Forum, Berlin Germany, February 3-4, 2012.
  • Delivered 42nd Memorial lecture to medical graduates at KLE Medical College, Belgaum, India, February 2, 2013.
  • Selected for delivering lectures on Peace Psychology at Hacettepe University in Turkey, December 20-22, 2012.
  • Delivered the keynote address, The art and science of self-control and Yoga, at the inauguration of Yoga Center, Mahatma Gandhi University, India, January 12, 2016.


  • Psychology of nonviolence and technology.

  • Publications:

    • Psychology of Technology. Springer Publ., USA. 2017 (see publisher's website).
    • Psychology of Nonviolence and Aggression. Macmillan Palgrave, USA & UK. 2008. For a review of this book, see American Psychological Association's Peace Division journal: Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 14, 341-142.
    • Applied Social Psychology: A Global Perspective. Atlantic. 2006. (with Rita Agrawal)
    • Nonviolence: Social and Psychological Issues. University Press of America. 1993.
    • Perspectives on Nonviolence. Springer Verlag. 1990.
    • Authoritarianism Across Cultures. Himalaya Publ., India. 1983. (with John Ray of University of New South Wales, Australia)
    Book Chapters:
    • Gandhi, modern psychology and wellbeing: Lessons from satyagrah (invited chapter submitted). In Global Psychologies, edited by Moodley and Fernando. Expected for publication by Macmillan Palgrave in 2017. With Rita Agrawal.
    • From empathy to altruism: Is there an evolutionary basis of nonviolence. In Nonkilling Psychology, edited by Christie and Pim. Center for Global Nonkilling, Hawaii, 2011
    • The psychology of nonkilling. In Toward a Nonkilling Paradigm, edited by Pim. Center for Global Nonkilling, Hawaii, 2009.
    • The Nonviolence Test. Originally, it was published in the book, Handbook of Psychological and Social Instruments (1984). Translated into several languages, this test is now available (2016) on web,, for use at no cost.
    • On using experimental designs. In Essays in Research Methodology edited by D. Hegde. Springer Publ., 2015.
    • Chapter 27 in Attention and Performance, Volume 8. Edited by R. S. Nickerson and published by Erlbaum, NJ, USA. Based on my Princeton Symposium lecture, 1980.
    • Two chapters In Practical Aspects of Memory. Edited by Morris and coworkers and published by John Wiley, 1988.


    • Working on my manuscript, Gandhi and Modern Psychology, in dedication to Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary in 2019.
    • At the invitation of Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith (university founded by Gandhi in 1920), I am slated to speak at a conference to be hosted by this university on January 30-31, 2017.


  • Applications of psychology - social and technological

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