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Hedeen on The Future of Conflict Theory

by Jen Reynolds
November 2016

Indisputably

Jen Reynolds

Tim Hedeen (Kennesaw State) has co-published (with Heather Pincock) “Where the Rubber Meets the Clouds: Anticipated Developments in Conflict and Conflict Resolution Theory” in the Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution. From the Introduction:

The study of conflict transcends disciplinary boundaries and nearly defies categorization. Theories abound to explain the sources or conditions that give rise to conflict, or to understand the interactions between conflicting parties, or to predict the course of a conflict’s trajectory toward conclusion. It is mercifully beyond the scope of this article to organize all existing theories of conflict. It is daunting, however, our role to hazard predictions about the next thirty years of conflict theory.

We offer these predictions with considerable humility and a broad definition of “conflict theory.” Generalized propositions related to the origin or conduct of conflict, the attitudes or behaviors of conflicting parties, or the dynamics between parties or issues in conflict constitute conflict theory for the purposes of this short article. We recognize that in many areas of scholarly inquiry, Theory (note the capital “t”) is reserved for only the most strongly supported and reliably replicated propositions. Within this article, we will cast a broader net, seeking propositions that explain or predict conflict interactions but may not enjoy the standing of a robust Theory.

Tim also has an article in production at the University of St. Thomas Law Review, “Ombuds as Nomads? The Intersections of Dispute System Design and Identity.”

Biography


Jen Reynolds is an expert in the area of dispute resolution. Professor Reynolds received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. While at Harvard, Professor Reynolds served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review; as a research assistant for Professor Arthur Miller on his treatise, Federal Practice and Procedure; and as a teaching assistant, researcher, and Harvard Negotiation Research Project Fellow for the Program on Negotiation.

Before law school, Professor Reynolds worked for seven years as a systems analyst and associate director for information technology at UT Austin. After law school, Reynolds was an associate at the Atlanta office of Dow Lohnes PLLC, working primarily on First Amendment and employment cases. She joined the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law as a Visiting Associate Professor in 2008 before joining the Oregon faculty the following year.

Professor Reynolds teaches civil procedure and negotiation. Her research interests include organizational dispute systems design, problem-solving in multiparty scenarios, judicial decisionmaking within the context and constraints of rules of procedure, and cultural influences and implications of alternative processes.



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