Pearl Oliner (Ph.D., University of California Berkeley) is an Emeritus Professor of Education at Humboldt State University and Research Director of the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute. Her research interests and publications have focused on the topics of altruism and prosocial behavior in education and society at large, and on rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. She is currently exploring the influence of religion, gender, and national culture on outgroup altruism.
Professor Pearl Oliner's book titled Saving the Forsaken: Religious Culture and the Rescue of Jews in Nazi Europe is based on data collected by the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute, and uses both quantitative and qualitative analyses. This book examines the cultural contexts in which the very religious, irreligious and moderately religious, as well as Protestants and Catholics, made their decisions to rescue or not to rescue. Although focusing on a particular historical event, a major purpose of the book is to suggest implications for enhancing the possibilities of our group altruism among diverse cultures.
Other books published by Dr. Oliner include Toward a Caring Society: Ideas Into Action (Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1995, co-author Samuel P. Oliner), The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe (New York: Free Press, 1988, co-author Samuel P. Oliner), Teaching Elementary Social Studies: A Rational and Humanistic Approach (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976) and Outsider As Insider: Religious Culture and the Rescue of Jews in Nazi Europe (2002). Her edited works include Embracing the Other: Philosophical, Psychological, and Historical Perspectives on Altruism (New York University Press, 1992), The Social Studies Teacher (Social Studies Review, 1984), and The Study of Women: New Challenges, New Directions (Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 1984).