Blema Steinberg

Professor Emeritus
PhD, McGill

bstein [at]

Research interests

  • Decision-Making, with particular emphasis on Psychological Factors
  • Character and Personality Studies of Political Leaders

Selected publications


Blema Steinberg (2008). Women in Power: The Personalities and Leadership Styles of Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher. Montreal and Kingston” McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Blema Steinberg. Shame and Humiliation: Presidential Decision- Making on Vietnam. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press; Pittsburgh: The University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996.

Paul Marantz and Blema Steinberg (eds.) The Dynamics of Superpower Involvement in the Middle East, Bolder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1985.

Albert Legault, Janice Stein, John Sigler, Blema Steinberg (eds). L'Analyse des Conflits Internationaux: Quatre Etudes de Cas, Quebec: Centre Quebecois de Relations Internationales, Université Laval, 1979.

Chapters in books

Blema Steinberg, "The Doctrine of Deterrence: An Historical Overview", in Alex Morrison (ed.) Nuclear Strategy in the Nineties: Deterrence, Defence and Disarmament, Toronto: The Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, 1989, pp. 4-18.

Blema Steinberg, "Strategists, Psychoanalysts and Nuclear Deterrence" in Howard Levine, Dan Jacobs and Lowell Rubin, editors, Psychoanalytic Explorations of the Nuclear Threat: Aggression, Projection and Identity, Analytic Press, Hillsdale, N. Jersey, 1989, pp. 145-168.

Blema Steinberg, "The Dynamics of Superpower Involvement in the Middle East: Retrospect and Prospect," in Paul Marantz and Blema Steinberg eds., The Dynamics of Superpower Involvement in the Middle East, 1985, pp. 283-93.

Blema Steinberg, "American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A Study in Changing Priorities", in David Dewitt and Janice Stein, eds., The Middle East at the Crossroads: Regional Forces and External Powers, Toronto, Mosaic Press, 1983, pp. 111-144.

Blema Steinberg, "Les Super-puissances et le Conflit Israelo/Arabe: Les Repercussions de la Guerre du Liban" in Le Moyen Orient: Evolution et Enjeux, Quebec: Centre Quebecois, 1982, pp. 169-182.

Articles (*asterisked articles have appeared in refereed journals)

*Blema Steinberg, AThe Making of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers: The Impact of Birth Order, Sex of Siblings, and Father-Daughter Dynamics, Political Psychology, Vol. 22, no. 1, March 2001, pp. 89-110.

Blema Steinberg, "Comments on Alexander Moens's paper 'Clinton's Foreign Policy Decision- Making Process,'" Americans' Quest for a New Contract with the World. eds. Charles-Phillipe David and Onnig Beylerian. Montreal: Centre D'Etudes des Politiques Etrangeres et de Securite. Notes de Recherches, no.4, 1995, pp. 33-37.

*Blema Steinberg, "The Need To Know and the Inability to Tolerate Not Knowing," Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 1. no. 2, November 1993, pp. 85-104.

*Blema Steinberg, "The Role of Shame and Humiliation in the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Psychoanalytic Perspective," Political Psychology, Vol. 12, No. 4, 1991, pp. 653-690.

*Blema Steinberg, "Psychoanalytic Concepts in International Politics: The Role of Shame and Humiliation," International Review of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 18, No. 1, 1991, pp. 65-86.

Blema Steinberg, "Summer Doldrums: The Lull Before the Storm," Middle East Focus, Vol. 7, No. 2, July 1984, pp. 4-6.

Blema Steinberg, "The Super Powers and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Impact of the War in Lebanon," Middle East Focus, Vol. 5, No. 4, September 1982, pp. 6-9.

Blema Steinberg, "News Focus," Middle East Focus, Vol. 4, No. 6, March 1982, pp. 4-7.

Blema Steinberg, "Power Constrained: Soviet Foreign Policy in the Middle East," Middle East Focus, Vol. 4, No. 3, September 1981.

*Blema Steinberg, "Purpose and Behaviour: The Cuban Missile Conflict Revisited," International Interactions, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1981, pp. 189-227.