The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


The Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues is proud to announce the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award honoring Dr. Otto Klineberg (1899-1992), an early president of SPSSI and distinguished figure in these fields.


Entries can be unpublished manuscripts, in press papers, book chapters, or journal articles published no more than 18 months prior to the submission deadline. Entries cannot be returned. The competition is open to non-members, as well as members of SPSSI, and graduate students are especially urged to submit papers. Submissions from across the social sciences are encouraged, however the paper must clearly demonstrate its relevance for psychological theory and research in the domain of intercultural and international relations.


An award of $1000 is given to "the best paper or article of the year on intercultural or international relations"—a field about which Professor Klineberg cared deeply from his social psychological commitment. Originality of the contribution, whether theoretical or empirical, will be given special weight. Please note that an individual or group may submit to only one SPSSI paper award (from amongst the Allport, Klineberg, and Dissertation Awards) per year.

Click here to view previous Klineberg Award Winners!


Relational Identity Theory: A Systematic Approach for Transforming the Emotional Dimension of Conflict  (2011, Daniel Shapiro); Are societal values linked to global peace and conflict? (2010, Ronald Fischer and Katja Hanke); Reconciliation as a Foundation of Culture of Peace (2009, Daniel Bar-Tal); Essentialism, power, and the representation of social categories: A folk sociology perspective (2008, Ram Mahalingam); Understanding Dialectical Thinking from a Cultural-Historical Perspective (2007, Wan-chi Wong); If I look at the Mass I Will Never Act: Psychic Numbing and Genocide (2006, Paul Slovic); Debate in Science: The Case of Acculturation (2005, Floyd Rudmin); Dialectical Self-Esteem and East-West Differences in Psychological Well-being. Personality and Social Psychology (2004, Julie Spencer-Rodgers); Pathologizing Populations and Colonizing Minds: International Psychological Programs in Kosovo (2003, Vanessa Pupavac); Interethnic Contact, Identity, and Psychological Adjustment: The Mediating and Moderating Roles of Communication (2002, Clément, Noels & Deneault); Multicultural Minds: A Dynamic Constructivist Approach to Culture and Cognition (2001, Hong, Morris, Chiu & Benet-Martinez)


APPLY ONLINE NOW!  Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online. 

For hard copy submissions, send five (5) copies to SPSSI, 208 "I" (Eye) St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4340. Attn: Klineberg Award. 


This is an annual award. Applications must be received by March 5th. 

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin