Academics

Faculty & Staff

Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Faculty and Staff

Collaboration is at the core of our faculty and student relationships. Our faculty members are internationally-recognized scholars and practitioners in fields including cross-cultural conflict and intergroup relations, democratic development, environmental governance and sustainability, gender studies, global health, international relations and political economy, mediation and negotiation.

Core Faculty 

J. Samuel Barkin,  PhD Columbia University, Graduate Program Director, International Relations

Research Interests Include:

  • international relations theory
  • international organizations
  • global environmental politics
  • theories of sovereignty
  • constructivist theory

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Maria Ivanova, PhD Yale University
Co-Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability

Research Interests Include:

  • international relations and environmental policy
  • global governance and sustainability
  • global environmental governance
  • U.S. environmental policy and climate change governance
  • financing for the environment
  • reforming the UN system for the environment

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Margaret P. Karns, PhD University of MIchigan

Research Interests Include:

  • International Relations
  • Global Governance and International Organizations
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • U.S. Multilateral Institutions

 

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Darren Kew, PhD Tufts University, Department Chair and Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development

Research Interests Include:

  • civil society and transnational civil society development
  • international security and crisis intervention in Africa
  • conflict resolution efforts as grassroots approaches to promoting democracy
  • conflict and democracy in Africa (especially Nigeria)
  • culture and religion
  • international negotiation
  • nation-building

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David E. Matz, JD Harvard University, Founder and former director of the Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution

Research Interests Include:

  • mediation and negotiation 
  • organizational conflict
  • international judicial system integration of ADR
  • Arab-Israeli negotiations

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Craig N. Murphy,  PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Co-Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability

Research Interests Include:

  • global politics of economic development
  • global governance
  • international political economy
  • international relations theory

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B. Jane L. Parpart, PhD Boston University

Research Interests Include:

  • development
  • gender studies
  • social policy
  • conflict
  • human security

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Jeff Pugh, PhD Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests Include:

  • peace and conflict studies
  • international studies
  • Latin American politics
  • refugee and migration issues
  • social movements

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Timothy M. Shaw PhD Princeton University, Graduate Program Director, Global Governance and Human Security

Research Interests Include:

  • international political economy
  • global governance
  • human development
  • human security
  • particular emphasis on Africa and Caribbean regions

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Karen Ross, PhD Indiana University

Research Interests Include

  • peace education
  • dialogue
  • research methodology

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Courtenay Sprague PhD University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa - Co-Appointment with College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Research Interests Include

  • global health and human development
  • HIV
  • women's health
  • health equity 

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Eben Weitzman PhD Columbia University, Graduate Program Director, Conflict Resolution

Research Interests Include

  • conflict within and between groups
  • organizational conflict
  • cross-cultural conflict, and intergroup relations
  • conflict resolution, organizational development work, and dispute resolution systems design 

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Reforming UN Systems for the Environment

Professor Ivanova talks to the scientific community about our PhD Program Read More 

African Successes: Reasons for Hope in Peace and Development.

Watch Chair of our Department Darren Kew and IR student Read More 

Professor Courtenay Sprague

Brings ‘Global Public Health’ to UMass Boston, Studies HIV Read More