Pelin Kesebir

Pelin Kesebir

Education

B.A. degree in International Relations and Psychology from Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey,

Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Personality from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research explores different aspects of existential human motivation and its implications for individual and societal well-being. Psychology of peace and psychology of religion are among the topics she is currently working on.

Publications

Kesebir, P., & Diener, E. (2008). In pursuit of happiness: Empirical answers to philosophical questions. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, 117–125.

Kesebir, P., & Diener, E. (2008). In defense of happiness: Why policymakers should care about subjective well-being. Happiness and Capabilities (L. Bruni, M. Pugno and F. Comim, Eds.). London: Oxford University Press.

Diener, E., Kesebir, P., & Lucas, R. (2008). Benefits of national accounts of well-being—For societies and for the psychological science. Applied Psychology, 57, 37–53.

Kesebir, P., & Hong, Y.-Y. (2008). The pain-buffering functions of money and social support: A motivational account. Psychological Inquiry, 19, 196–198.

Tov, W., Diener, E., Kesebir, P., & Harter, J. (2009). The social and economic context of peace and happiness. In C-Y. Chiu, Y-Y. Hong, S.
Shavitt, & R. S. Wyer (Eds.), Understanding Culture: Theory, Research, and Application (pp. 239–255). New York: Psychology Press.

Kesebir, P. & Chiu, C.-Y. (2009). An invitation to pluralist public philosophy. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 9, 1–2.

Diener, E., Kesebir, P., & Tov, W. (2009). Happiness. In M. Leary & R.
H. Hoyle (Eds.), Handbook of Individual Differences in Social Behavior (pp. 147–160). New York: Guilford Press.

Kesebir, P. (in press). On the existential functions of culture: In pursuit of imperishability. To appear in Cultural Processes: A Social Psychological Perspective (A. Leung, C.-Y. Chiu, and Y.-Y. Hong, Eds.). New York: Oxford University Press.