Michael Nagler, PhD, is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and taught upper-division courses on nonviolence, meditation, and other subjects. He has spoken and written on peace and nonviolence for many years, and is president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence.
Among other recognitions, Michael received the prestigious Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India in 2007. He is the author of America Without Violence (Island Press, 1982), The Upanishads (with Sri Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri Press, 1987), The Search for a Nonviolent Future (Inner Ocean Publishing) which won the 2002 American Book Award, The Nonviolence Handbook, and The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature (Berrett-Koehler, 2020), and wrote and directed Metta’s forthcoming documentary with that title.
Michael has lived at the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation’s community in Northern California since 1970.