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Peter T. Coleman

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.Phil., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A., University of Iowa 

Scholarly Interests

  • Optimal motivational dynamics and conflict
  • Power and conflict dynamics
  • Intractable conflict dynamics
  • Mediation adaptivity dynamics
  • Injustice and conflict dynamics
  • Multicultural conflict dynamics
  • Sustainable peace

Selected Publications

Coleman, P. T., Deutsch, M., & Marcus, E. (Eds.) ( 2014).The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice. 3rd Edition, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Translated into Japanese (2003), Polish (2006).

Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Kugler, K., Bartoli, A., & Liebovitch, L. (2013). Attracted to Conflict: The Dynamic Foundations of Malignant Social Relations. Springer.

Coleman, P. T. (2013). Crises and opportunities: Six contemporary challenges for increasing probabilities for sustainable peace. Inaugural edition of the International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution.

Coleman, P. T., Kugler, K. G., Mitchinson, A., and Foster, C. (2013). Navigating Power and Conflict at Work: The Effects of Power Asymmetries and Interdependence on Conflict Dynamics and Outcomes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Coleman, P. T., Kugler, K. G., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Nowak, A., and Vallacher. R. (2012). Getting down to basics: A situated model of conflict in social relations. Negotiation Journal, January 2012.

Coleman, P. T. & Deutsch, M. (Eds., July, 2012). The Psychological Components of a Sustainable Peace. Springer Books. Four authored chapters.

Coleman, P. T. (Ed., 2012). Conflict, Justice, and Interdependence: The Legacy of Morton Deutsch. Springer Books. Three authored chapters.

Coleman, P. T. (May 3, 2011). The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to (Seemingly) Impossible Conflicts. New York: Public Affairs, Perseus Books.

Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2010).Rethinking intractable conflict: The perspective of dynamical systems. American Psychologist, 65 (4), 262-278.

Coleman, P. T., Goldman, J., and Kugler, K. (2009). Emotional intractability: Gender, anger, aggression, and rumination in conflict. International Journal of Conflict Management, 20, 113-131.

Coleman, P. T., Hacking, A., Stover, M., Fisher-Yoshida, B, and Nowak, A. (2008). Reconstructing ripeness I: A study of constructive engagement in protracted social conflicts. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 26(1), 3-42.

Coleman, P. T., Fisher-Yoshida, B., Stover, M., Hacking, A., and Bartoli, A. (2008).Reconstructing ripeness II: Models and methods for fostering constructive stakeholder engagement across protracted divides. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 26(1), 43-69.

Coleman, P. T., & Lowe, J. K. (2007).Conflict, identity, and resilience: Negotiating collective identities within the Palestinian and Israeli Diasporas. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 24(4), 377-412.

Coleman, P. T., Vallacher, R., Nowak, A., &Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2007).Intractable conflict as an attractor: Presenting a dynamical model of conflict, escalation, and intractability.  American Behavioral Scientist, 50(11), 1454-1475.

Coleman, P. T. (2006) Conflict, complexity, and change: A meta-framework for addressing protracted, intractable conflicts - III. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 12(4), 325-348.

Coleman, P. T., Schneider, A., James, C. C. F., Adams, D. S., Gameros, T. A., Hammons, L. R., Orji, C. C., Waugh. R. M., & Wicker, R. F. (2005). Intragroup subgroup attitude clustering, external intervention, and intergroup interaction patterns: Toward a dynamical model of protracted intergroup conflict. Peace and Conflict Studies, 12(1), 55-70.

Coleman, P. T. (2004) Paradigmatic framing of protracted, intractable conflict: Towards the development of a meta-framework - II. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 10(3), 197-235.

Coleman, P. T. (2004). Implicit Theories of Organizational Power and Priming Effects on Managerial Power Sharing Decisions: An Experimental Study. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34(2), 297-321.

Coleman, P. T. (2003). Characteristics of protracted, intractable conflict: Towards the development of a meta-framework - I. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 9(1), 1-37. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

biographical information

professional presentations

Coleman, P. T. and Mazzaro, K. (2013). The Missing peace in the GPI/PPI. Paper presented at the United Nations launch of the 2013 General Peace Index and Positive Peace Index at the U.N. in New York City on June 12, 2013.

Coleman, P. T. (May 6, 2013). On Evaluating Success & Failure of Conflict Engagement: Taking Time, Space and Black Holes Seriously. Keynote address at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Coleman, P. T. (May 6, 2013). Conflict, complexity and openness. Seminar address at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Coleman, P. T. (October 23, 2012). Why we’re stuck: The attraction of a polarized America. TEDx Miami, Miami, Florida.

Coleman, P. T. (September 6, 2012). The five percent solution: Finding solutions to seemingly impossible conflicts. Presentation at The Institute of foreign Affairs, Oslo, Norway.

Coleman, P. T. (April 15, 2012). The five percent solution: Finding solutions to seemingly impossible conflicts. Presentation at The Lauder School, of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.

Coleman, P. T. (April 11, 2012). The five percent solution: Finding solutions to seemingly impossible conflicts. Presentation at Harvard Law School.

Coleman, P. T. (September 27, 2011). The five percent solution: Finding solutions to seemingly impossible conflicts. Presentation at The Harvard Club of New York.

Coleman, P. T. (July 20, 2011). The Value-added of Smaller States in Peace Mediation: Smart Peace - An Anti-Peace Mediation Approach. Paper presentation at the upcoming 7th Conference of The European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) in Tampere, Finland (20-22 July, 2011).

Coleman, P. T. (June 3, 2011). The five percent solution: Finding solutions to seemingly impossible conflicts. Presentation at The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York, John Jay College, New York City.

Coleman, P. T. (March 10, 2011). Tackling the world’s most difficult conflicts. Presentation at The Columbia Club, New York City.

Coleman (2009).Navigating power and conflict: Lessons from the laboratory. Invited presentation at Kyushu Law School, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, June, 2009.

honors and awards

Invited speaker at 2013 Doha Forum in Qatar
2012 Founding board member of the Gbowee Peace Foundation USA.
2012 Founding member of the United Nations Mediation Support Unit Academic Advisory Council, UNDPA.
2010-2012 Elected board member of the International Association of Conflict Management.
 2009 Elected to the Executive Committee of Division 48 of the American Psychological Association.
 2003 Recipient of the 2003 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence.
 2000 Recipient of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution 2000 Book Prize for Excellence for The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice edited by Morton Deutsch & Peter T. Coleman.

personal news

curriculum vitae

ORLJ 5540: Proseminar in social and organizational psychology

Open only to qualified doctoral students in the behavioral or social sciences. Intensive readings and analysis of theories and research in social and organizational psychology and social structure.

ORLJ 6040: Fundamentals of cooperation, conflict resolution and mediation in different institutional contexts

Topics such as cooperation and competition, trust and suspicion, bargaining and negotiation as they relate to conflict resolution in various contexts.

ORLJ 6344: Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Conflict, justice, and cooperation

Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

Documents & Papers

Download: Dr. Coleman CV [PDF]

Peter T. Coleman appeared in the following articles:

Friendlier Confines for Resolving Conflict (1/14/2014)

Mandela Remembered (12/9/2013)

Can the Shutdown Be Resolved? (10/4/2013)

Morton Deutsch (9/20/2013)

September 2013 Alumni Newsletter (9/1/2013)

Giving Peace Education a Chance (6/27/2013)

Communicating With Rogue States: The Power of the Weak (4/18/2013)

TC's Peter Coleman: "Our World is Being 'Gamified'" (1/2/2013)

Creating a Space for Peace (12/7/2012)

Peter Coleman, in TEDx talk, Analyzes Political Gridlock (11/5/2012)

Professor Peter Coleman Featured in Monitor on Psychology (7/3/2012 3:52:00 PM)

Peter Coleman Interview with Mark Levy on WKCR (6/27/2012 11:40:00 AM)

Dr. Peter T. Coleman's Recent Interview on WKCR-FM - Listen Here (6/14/2012 10:14:00 AM)

Video Highlights from TC's Other Curriculum (5/10/2012)

Images from Israel (4/24/2012 5:59:00 PM)

Screening of a documentary on ICCCR alumnus Naif Al-Mutawa (4/24/2012 4:34:00 PM)

2011 Year in Review (4/13/2012)

Workshop on Decision Making, Framing and Negotiation, in Israel (4/12/2012)

Peter Coleman Discusses Intractable Conflicts on NPR (3/7/2012 4:59:00 PM)

New column in Psychology Today: Obama's Dilemma (2/4/2012 9:15:00 AM)

The Five Percent on Illinois Public Radio (2/4/2012 9:02:00 AM)

Professor Peter Coleman's Article Published in Negotiation Journal (2/1/2012 2:15:00 PM)

On-Campus Events -- Watch The Video (12/20/2011)

Trying to Make the Impossible Possible (12/16/2011)

Professor Peter Coleman on NPR! (12/9/2011 3:35:00 PM)

Peace and Conflict Resolution Largely Unaffected by Research (10/4/2011)

Obama Should Take Lessons from Nelson Mandela in Pushing Jobs Agenda, Writes TC's Peter Coleman (9/21/2011)

ICCCRers go to IACM in Istanbul! (7/25/2011 4:38:00 PM)

A Peacemakers' Reunion (5/12/2011)

A Letter from the President (5/11/2011)

Research highlights (5/11/2011)

TC's Coleman Will Discuss His New Book on Intractable Conflict (4/28/2011)

Join Us for the Launch of Peter Coleman's Book: The Five Percent (4/15/2011)

Watch Video from March 11 Event: Intractable Conflicts at Home and Abroad (3/25/2011 10:35:00 AM)

Time to Bury the Hatchet (3/6/2011)

Employee News (2/11/2011)

Peter Coleman Writes: Washington Is Fixed and Needs to Be Broken (1/21/2011 11:49:00 AM)

Following By Example (1/20/2011)

Staffing News (12/17/2010)

Master Dennis (12/8/2010)

Teachers College EdLab and Dr. Peter Coleman Collaborate on Intractable Conflict Videos (10/11/2010 10:01:00 AM)

Rethinking Intractable Conflict (6/10/2010)

2009: The Year in Review (4/1/2010)

Leadership in the Time of Obama (3/22/2010)

The TC Community Responds to the Crisis in Haiti (2/16/2010)

Good Neighbors Who Both Mend Fences (6/8/2009)

Translating for Peace in the Middle East (12/8/2008 1:50:00 PM)

A Letter From The President (5/21/2008)

A Teacher of Life Skills (1/22/2007)

Why are there Wars Without End (10/9/2006)

A Timeline of Growth and Change: Arthur E. Levine's Presidency at Teachers College (9/14/2005)

Work on Diversity Action Plan Continues (3/30/2004)

Diversity and Community Grant Recipients (2/24/2004)

Work on Diversity Action Plan Continues (2/24/2004)

Work on Diversity Action Plan Continues (2/24/2004)

In Brief (10/31/2003)

In Brief (6/1/2003)

Winter Celebration (2/1/2003)

Strengthening Community at TC: Informal Conversations (11/1/2001)

Diversity on Campus (9/18/2001 6:11:57 PM)

Examining School Violence (1/1/2001)

Reports and Conferences: Getting the Word Out (1/1/2001)

The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (1/1/2001)

Outreach: Peace Promotion (12/1/2000)

Examining the Issues on School Violence (4/1/2000)

Task Force Issues Diversity Report (9/1/1999)

TC Welcomes New Faculty Members (8/1/1999)

Master's Degree Graduates Highlighted for Achievements (6/1/1999)

President Levine Creates TC Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion and Community (6/1/1999)

Reconciliation After Intractable Conflicts (6/1/1999)

Leave 'Em Laughing: Bill Cosby Speaks at Master's Convocation (9/1/1998)

Peter Coleman: From Actor to Graduate Student to Scholar (3/9/1998)