Many years ago, I was a history major and philosophy minor at Swarthmore College, where I developed my interests in history, politics, psychology, teaching, service, and peace. Following graduation, I became a Special Education teacher, and received an Ed.D. in Special Education. I am currently a Professor of Psychology at Boston University and Director of the Group on International Perspectives on Governmental Aggression and Peace (GIPGAP). With the support of grants from the NIMH I conducted several studies of family relationships with a particular focus on the transition from late adolescence into adulthood. Since 1980, when I was a postdoctoral fellow on the family violence team at Children’s Hospital in Boston, I have conducted extensive research on family violence. I regularly teach undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on the family and on family violence, as well as a summer course on the Psychology of War and Peace. I am the first author of several books, including Treating Child Abuse and Family Violence in Hospitals with Eli Newberger, Richard Bourne, and Jane Snyder, and Family Violence in a Cultural Perspective with Denise Hines. I am the editor of the book International Perspectives on Family Violence and Abuse: A Cognitive Ecological Approach, co-author, with Denise Hines, of Family Violence in the United States and, with Anne Copeland, of the Sage book Studying Families. My current focus is primarily on cross-cultural and international perspectives on governmental aggression and peace. I just completed editing a four-volume series of books for Praeger Security International on State Violence and the Right to Peace: An International Survey of the Views of Ordinary People. My research webpage is http://people.bu.edu/jdgmnts. Information concerning members of GIPGAP can be found at http://people.bu.edu/gipgap.