Peter T. Coleman

Peter T. Coleman

Peter T. Coleman is the Director of ICCCR and Professor of Psychology and Education. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Social / Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa. He has conducted research on social entitivity processes (ingroup/outgroup formation), gender discrimination in organizations, the mediation of inter-ethnic conflict, ripeness in intractable conflict, conflict resolution & difference, and on the conditions which foster the constructive use of social power.  Professor Coleman recently co-edited a book entitled The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000), published by Jossey-Bass and The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts.

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Articles and Video:

Tentative Teachings on Conflict from Trump’s Tumultuous Tenure in Office (06/13/19)
I will attempt to speculate on a few of the possible consequences of the Trump presidency for the field of conflict resolution and negotiation.

Addressing Inequality and Systemic Oppression: How to Interrupt the Increasing Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots? (12/28/17)
In honor of Morton Deutsch's passing, I have selected a series of ten major scientific contributions that Deutsch made in his efforts to promote a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Getting Woke: How Do We Awaken A Sense Of Injustice? (12/08/17)
This article is number 8 out of 10 Big Ideas on Peace and Justice from the Career of Morton Deutsch.

Addressing Injustice: Why and How Do People Seek Justice? (11/06/17)
10 big ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch - this is piece 7 which focuses on justice.

A Grand Theory of Personality and Environment (10/23/17)
Ten big ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch. This is article six, focusing on social innovation.

How Conflict Is Like Sex (10/06/17)
Another big idea on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.

What Leads to Cooperation and Competition? (09/22/17)
This article is part of a series based on the ideas of Morton Deutsch.

What are the Fundamental Dimensions of Social Relationships? (09/14/17)
10 Big Ideas on Peace and Justice from the Career of Morton Deutsch: Focusing on Social Relationships.

When Does Conflict Move in a Good or Bad Direction? (09/07/17)
We should work hard to approach conflicts as mutually shared problems.

World Peace: How Do We Keep Nations from Thermonuclear War? (08/18/17)
This article describes ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.

Conflict Resolution Meets Social Technology A New App Offers New Ways of Navigating Disagreements When Power Matters (12/21/15)
Most of what you have learned about conflict resolution is often wrong. At the very least, ineffective in the workplace.

Resolving Conflict and Building Peace in Social Networks: An Impossible Task? (06/30/14)
Given the often overwhelming complexity of many social networks involved in well-intentioned initiatives – reducing urban violence, peacemaking in communities, peacebuilding in nations – one wonders how and if anything ever gets accomplished.

In Mediation, Four Things Really Matter (05/10/13)
Although the research on mediation is considerable and proliferating, our field still lacks a basic unifying framework which provides theoretical coherence and integrates our understanding of various research findings. Today, the research presents a piecemeal understanding of what constitutes “effective mediation” and how to achieve it.

It's the Little Things (12/19/11)
What are the issues? Who should be at the table? Who is the right choice for an intermediary? When should the talks occur?

Dismantling Systems of Bullying (11/28/11)
Bullying is a public health problem that affects 20% to 30% of students on a daily basis and is associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and a decreased sense of empathy for others. It is also a common problem in other adult workplaces.

Why Does Mediation Often Work Better than Litigation? (10/31/11)
Over seventy years ago, the psychologist Kurt Lewin and his colleagues had a preposterous idea. They wanted to pit democracy against autocracy in the laboratory in order to provide empirical evidence of the benefits of more egalitarian forms of leadership.

The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts (10/10/11)
When faced with complex problems, we typically respond in one of three ways. This excerpt from Peter Coleman's book explains these three responses.