Professor of psychology and education will offer research-based insights on polarization and navigating conflict constructively.
Peter T. Coleman, Ph.D.,
is a professor of psychology and education at Columbia University and a renowned expert on constructive conflict resolution, addressing intractable conflict, and sustaining peace. He directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), is founding director of the Institute for Psychological Science and Practice (IPSP), and is executive director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4
His current research focuses on conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom as meta-competencies for navigating conflict constructively across all levels (from families to companies to communities to nations), and includes projects on adaptive negotiation and mediation dynamics, cross-cultural adaptivity, optimality dynamics in conflict, justice and polarization, multicultural conflict, intractable conflict, and sustainable peace.
Coleman has authored more than 100 scientific articles and chapters, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Nature, Scientific American, PBS Newshour,
and Harvard Business Review.
His most recent book, The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization
, (Columbia University Press, 2021), addresses breaking through the intractable polarization plaguing the U.S. and other societies across the globe.
His previous book, Making Conflict Work: Navigating Disagreement Up and Down Your Organization
(2014), won the 2016 Outstanding Book Award from The International Association of Conflict Management.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Award from Meaningful World in 2018, in celebration of their 30th
anniversary and the UN’s International Day of Peace. Today, Coleman serves as a scientific advisor to dozens of nonprofit peacebuilding groups.
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