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<xTITLE>Community Section Editorial</xTITLE>

Community Section Editorial

by Patrick G. Coy & Tim Hedeen
September 2004
Welcome to the Community Section. We have plenty of new content posted, and more on the way shortly.

Among the featured resources here are articles ranging from topics such as elder mediation--see those by Larsen and Tripp and Mercantel to construction conflict resolution efforts around the world, including peace committees and truth and reconciliation commissions.Speaking (writing) of international conflict work, among the foremost practitioners and scholars active today is John Paul Lederach, whose writings are summarized nicely here.

And among the forthcoming resources are the results of our poll of visitors to this site, a searchable database of community mediation research (via our friends and colleagues at NAFCM ),and more.

As always, we welcome your feedback on the Community Section. If you know of materials that you'd like to see on this resource page, please drop me a line at


Patrick G Coy

Active in the field of peace and conflict studies since the early 1980s, Patrick Coy has been the editor of the annual research volume, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, editing eight volumes of the series since 2000. He has also edited two other books (Social Conflicts and Collective Identities, and A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker). Dr. Coy has most recently co-authored Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement, published in 2009. Notably, his co-authored article, "Discursive Legacies: The US Peace Movement and Support the Troops," published in Social Problems, received the "Best Published Article Award for 2008" by the American Sociological Association's section on Peace, War and Social Conflict.

Professor Coy's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Albert Einstein Institution, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the American Sociological Association, and by the University Research Council of Kent State University. Patrick Coy was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana in 2000-10. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Peace Research Association Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Mediation Center. Professor Coy provides workshops and trainings in various aspects of conflict resolution, mediation, and nonviolent action to community, educational, and international groups.



Tim Hedeen

Timothy Hedeen Timothy Hedeen is a researcher, trainer, and professor of dispute resolution at Kennesaw State University, Georgia. He serves on the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Community-based and Peer Mediation Committee, and was past chair of the National Association for Community Mediation.

Tim’s articles have appeared in Mediation Quarterly, Teaching Sociology, and the Penn State Law Review, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly, and Justice System Journal, and Family Court Review.