UMass Boston

Karen Ross

Confl Res, Hum Sec & Globl Gov
Associate Professor
Wheatley Hall, Floor 04

Areas of Expertise

Peace education, dialogue, research methodology, grassroots peace-building, social movements, nonviolent action


PhD, Indiana University
MALD, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
BA, Columbia University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae

Karen Ross is an associate professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance and a senior fellow at the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, both at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Previously, she was an instructor at the Global & International Education Program at Drexel University and the Inquiry Methodology Program at Indiana University. 

Karen's teaching and research focus on issues at the intersection of dialogue, peace-building, social activism, and education. She conducts research to help understand the impact of grassroots social change interventions and the way these interventions fit into efforts at broader societal transformation. In addition, Karen focuses on methodological issues related to how we conduct research about peace-building and social justice work and how we can do so in more inclusive and democratic ways.  She is also part of a collaboration working to reshape the teaching of social science research methodology.

In addition to her academic work, Karen is a dialogue facilitator/facilitator trainer and and evaluator, and has consulted for organizations including UNESCO, GPPAC, the Edward Kennedy Institute, and the American Friends Service Committee.

For more information on her research and publications, please visit Karen’s website