Michael Nagler
Biography & Resources


Dr. Michael Nagler has devoted his life to exploring nonviolence as an alternative to war. Professor Emeritus of Languages at the University of California, Berkeley, and founder and former chairperson of the University's Peace and Conflict Studies program, Nagler has become one of the world's most widely respected peace scholars and activists.

Nagler is the author of several books, including America Without Violence (Island Press) and The Upanishads (Nilgiri Press). In praise of Nagler's most recent book, Is There No Other Way: The Search for a Nonviolent Future (Berkeley Hills Books), which received an American Book Award in 2002, author Bill McKibben notes: "Nonviolence often seems the tactic of the naïve idealist. As Michael Nagler shows, it may really be the strategy of the shrewd and practical among us, who have to figure out some better way than the carnage of the last century for dealing with our problems. This is a vital book for us as individuals, as communities and nations, maybe even as a species." Dr. Nagler is on the editorial board of The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society. He also serves on the advisory board of Tikkun magazine.

Dr. Nagler has been teaching various subjects at the university level for the past forty years, including ancient Greek, comparative literature, religious studies, and peace studies, and continues to teach highly popular courses on nonviolence and meditation at U.C. Berkeley. He is proficient in ancient Greek, Latin and Sanskrit, and speaks French, German, Spanish and Italian. Dr. Nagler received his MA and PhD in Comparative Literature at U.C. Berkeley. He makes his home in Petaluma, California.

selected books

Is There No Other Way: The Search for a Nonviolent Future
(Inner Ocean Publishing, 2001)
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America Without Violence: Why Violence Persists and How You Can Stop It
(Island Press, 1982)
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The Upanishads
with Eknath Easwaran (Nilgiri Press, 1987)
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selected articles

“The Time for Nonviolence Has Come”
YES! (Summer 2003, 38-40)

“Building a New Force”

YES! (Fall, 2002, 49-51); reprinted in C. McConnell and S. van Gelder, Eds. (2003) Making Peace: Healing a Violent World

“Out of Darkness, a Strange Hope”
Tikkun (January/February, 2002, 23-26)

"The Lost Opportunity: How we failed to give non-violence a fighting chance"
San Jose Mercury News: Perspective (Sunday, March 21, 2020)

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articles & interviews

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