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US Peace Memorial Foundation



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US Peace Registry

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Michael D. Knox, Ph.D.

Chair and Founder

US Peace Memorial Foundation, Inc.


Michael D. Knox grew up on Grosse Ile, Michigan, and earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974.  Dr. Knox is Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy; Affiliate Distinguished Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; and Affiliate Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Global Health at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida.  He is currently Chair of the US Peace Memorial Foundation and Editor of the US Peace Registry.


Dr. Knox joined the USF faculty in 1986 as Chair of the Department of Community Mental Health and has held faculty appointments as Distinguished Professor of Mental Health Law and Policy, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and Distinguished Professor of Global Health, with joint appointments in Psychology and Aging Studies.  Spanning over 40 years, his academic career has focused on issues of peace, ethics, disease prevention, death, and mental health.  He has been elected to a variety of leadership positions nationwide and authored over 125 scholarly presentations and publications, including several books and book chapters.  Knox has been responsible for more than $50 million in grants to USF.  He has served as President of the USF Faculty Senate and Chair of the Florida Advisory Council of Faculty Senates.  He is founder of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (1991) and the USF Center for HIV Education and Research (1988).  He was Director of both centers until his retirement in 2011.  Prior to joining the USF faculty, he was Director of the Western Tidewater Mental Health Center and on the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School.  In 2012, he retired his license as a clinical psychologist in order to volunteer his full time to the Foundation.


His long-standing peace and antiwar activities began in 1965 in opposition to the war in Vietnam.  As a delegate to the 20th National Student Congress, he introduced a successful resolution to hold an antiwar demonstration in August of 1967 in front of the White House.  In 1970, Knox co-founded a draft counseling center and in 1971 he blew the whistle on classified weapon systems research at the University of Michigan.  Since then, he has continued to engage in speeches, debates, interviews and other actions regarding peace.  He is an invited speaker nationwide on the topics of “building a culture of peace” and “honoring peace leadership.”


In 2005, Dr. Knox founded the US Peace Memorial Foundation.  He directs its nationwide effort to recognize peace leadership by writing and editing the US Peace Registry, awarding an annual Peace Prize, providing educational programs, and eventually building a national monument - the US Peace Memorial - in Washington, DC.  Dr. Knox believes that “these projects help move us toward a culture of peace as we honor the millions of thoughtful and courageous Americans who have taken a public stand against one or more U.S. wars or who have devoted their time, energy, and other resources to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts.  We celebrate these role models in hopes of inspiring other Americans to speak out against war and to work for peace.”


His biography is included in the 2017 editions of Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America.  Professor Knox is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.  Fellow status in both organizations is granted “in recognition of outstanding and distinguished contributions to the science and profession of psychology.”  In 2005, he was inducted into Sigma Xi, the international honor society of research scientists and engineers.  In 1999, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford in England, and in 2003 he represented USF at the dedication of a new university in Pune, India.


Dr. Knox was awarded the 2007 Marsella Prize for the Psychology of Peace and Social Justice at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association.  The award is presented annually by Psychologists for Social Responsibility and recognized him “for more than four decades of outstanding contributions to peace and humanitarian assistance.”  His work promotes cultural change, raising our awareness of efforts towards peace and increasing future opportunities to challenge the promotion of war.


In 2011, “World Peace: A First Step” was published in the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, and is available at  “A Cultural Shift toward Peace: The Need for a National Symbol” was published in the journal Peace and Conflict.  Read this essay at  In 2009, “Honoring Peace and Antiwar Behavior: The US Peace Registry” was published in Peace Psychology.  Read it at


Dr. Knox currently lives in the Tampa Bay area.  John, his eldest son, is a computer and electrical engineer working in Austin.  His son James is a civil/structural engineer working in Orlando.


NOTE: The US Peace Memorial Foundation is not affiliated with any university or government entity.  The ideas expressed on this website are the views of the Foundation or Michael Knox, and do not represent the views of any university or government entity.


US Peace Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity.

Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by U.S. law.

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