Riane EislerResearch Associate
Office: off-campus
(205) 934-3508 (Department of Anthropology)

Research and Teaching Interests: Human rights, cultural transformation, partnership studies, caring economics

Office Hours: By appointment (via Skype)


  • BA, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of Sociology
  • JD, University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law
  • DHL, Case Western Reserve University
  • DHL, Saybrook Institute

Riane Eisler is a cultural historian, systems scientist, attorney, and author whose interdisciplinary research and writing span fields include anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, political science, law, gender studies, the humanities, systems science, biology, and evolutionary studies. She has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, and given governmental briefings in such contexts as Germany, at the invitation of Prof. Rita Suessmuth, President of the Bundestag (the German Parliament) and Daniel Goeudevert (Chair of Volkswagen International), the Czech Republic, invited by Vaclav Havel (former President of the Czech Republic), and in Colombia, invited by the Mayor of Bogota, Colombia.

Riane Eisler is internationally known for her bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, (Harper & Row, 1987), now published in 26 foreign editions, including most European languages and Chinese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, Urdu, and Arabic. Her book, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (Berrett-Koehler, 2007) – hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking,” and by Jane Goodall as “a call for action” – proposes a new economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work: caring for people and nature. Riane Eisler is a member of the Club of Rome and the Social Venture Network, a Councilor of the World Future Council, and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. She consults to business and governments on applications of the partnership model introduced in her work.

Eisler is the only woman among 20 great thinkers including Hegel, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee included in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians (Praeger, 1997) in recognition of the lasting importance of her work as a cultural historian and evolutionary theorist. She has received many honors, including Honorary Doctoral degrees, the Alice Paul ERA Education Award, the Humanist Pioneer Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Distinguished Peace Leadership Award. She is included in the award-winning book Great Peacemakers (LTS Press, 2008) as one of 20 leaders for world peace, along with Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

pdfRiane Eisler CV

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  • Cultural Transformation: Our Past – Our Future
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  • Riane Eisler, “Can International Law Protect Half of Humanity? A New Strategy to Stop Violence against Women,” Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research 7 (2, 2015):88-100.
  • Riane Eisler, “Human Possibilities: An Integrated Systems Approach,” The Journal of Global Education, 69(4-6, 2013):269-289.
  • Riane Eisler, “Economics and Business as if Caring Matters: Investing in our Future,” Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 20 (No. 2, 2013):145–160.
  • Riane Eisler, The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (Berrett-Koehler, 2007) (7 foreign editions).
  • Riane Eisler & Ron Miller (Eds.), Educating for a Culture of Peace (Heinemann, 2004).
  • Riane Eisler, Tomorrow’s Children: A Blueprint for Partnership Education in the 21st Century (Westview, 2000) (5 foreign editions; winner of the 2001 Journal of Futures Studies best book on the future award).
  • Riane Eisler, Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body (Harper Collins 1995) (7 foreign editions).
  • Riane Eisler & David Loye, The Partnership Way: New Tools for Living and Learning, Healing Our Families, Our Communities, and Our World (Harper Collins, 1989).
  • Riane Eisler, The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Harper & Row, 1987) (26 foreign editions).
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  • Pioneer Award, Institute for Women’s Leadership (2014)
  • Global Women’s Leadership Award (2011)
  • Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (2009)
  • Outstanding Educational Visionary Award, Champions of Caring (2000)
  • Humanist Pioneer Award (1996)
  • Human Relations Human Rights Excellence Award (1996)
  • Shaler Adams Foundation award for work on Women’s Rights as Human Rights (1992)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (Currently)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research (Currently)
  • Executive Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (1999, 2008)
  • Member, Club of Rome, Rome
  • Councilor, World Futures Council, Hamburg
  • Board, Center for Partnership Studies, Pacific Grove, California
  • Advisor, Amnesty International Human Dignity Campaign, New York