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Coleman, Peter
Professor of Psychology and Education
Director, Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR); Co-Director, Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Organization & Leadership
212-678-3112

Office:
232E HMann

Office Hours:
Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00p, Wednesdays, By Appointment

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

Books

Coleman, P. T. and Ferguson, R. (2014). Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement. New York: Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt.

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. & 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.

Articles

Coleman, P. T., Kugler, K., Gozzi, C., Mazzaro, K., El Zokm, N & Kressel, K. (2014). Putting the peaces together: Introducing a situated model of mediation. International Journal of Conflict Management, 26(2), 145-171.

Coleman, P. T., Kugler, K. G., Mitchinson, A., and Foster, C. (2014). Navigating Power and Conflict at Work: The Effects of Power Asymmetries and Interdependence on Conflict Dynamics and Outcomes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(10), 1963-1983.

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, 28(1), 7-43.

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. 

Director
Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

Professor of Psychology and Education

Program in Social-Organizational Psychology
Department of Organization and Leadership
Teachers College, Columbia University, Box 53
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Executive Director
Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)
The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Tel: (212) 678 - 3112; Fax: (212) 678 - 4048; email: pc84@tc.columbia.edu

Dr. Peter T. Coleman
 holds a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute and teaches courses in Conflict Resolution, Social Psychology, and Social Science Research. Dr. Coleman is Director of theMorton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University and Executive Director of Columbia University’sAdvanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). He currently conducts research on optimality of motivational dynamics in conflict, power asymmetries and conflict, intractable conflict, multicultural conflict, justice and conflict, environmental conflict, mediation dynamics, and sustainable peace. In 2003, he became the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, and in 2015 was awarded the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award by APA. Dr. Coleman edits the award-winning Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000; 2006; 2014) and his other books include The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts (2011); Conflict, Justice, and Interdependence: The Legacy of Morton Deutsch (2011), Psychological Components of Sustainable Peace (2012), and Attracted to Conflict: Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations (2013). His most recent book is Making Conflict Work: Navigating Disagreement Up and Down Your Organization (2014). He has also authored over 80 journal articles and chapters, is a member of the United Nation Mediation Support Unit’s Academic Advisory Council, is a founding board member of the Leymah Gbowee Peace Foundation USA, and is a New York State certified mediator and experienced consultant.

Download Dr. Coleman's CV below

 

 2015 Recipient of the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence.
2013 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.



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. 

Courses

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As President Obama nears victory on passage of health care legislation, TC's Peter Coleman and co-author Robert Ferguson, writing in The Huffington Post, urge him to make continued use of "smart power" - a strategy articulated by Harvard's Joseph Nye for foreign diplomacy - in dealing with domestic issues. Click Here for story.

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Rethinking Intractable Conflict

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Master Dennis

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Following By Example

Writing in The Huffington Post, TC faculty member Peter Coleman writes that gridlock in Washington, D.C. is so extreme that U.S. politicians and their chief supporters are "engaged in patterns of behavior that resist change" and that they "reenact repeatedly and often automatically, even when they may at times prefer not to." Calling upon average citizens to "destabilize this fixed system" from the bottom up, he advises us to "beware absolute certainty-' take responsibility for the state of our state-' reflect on our own contradictions-' go new-'and see possibilities."

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Writing in The Huffington Post, ICCCR Director Peter Coleman writes that gridlock in Washington, D.C. is so extreme that U.S. politicians and their chief supporters are "engaged in patterns of behavior that resist change" and that they "reenact repeatedly and often automatically, even when they may at times prefer not to." Calling upon average citizens to "destabilize this fixed system" from the bottom up, he advises us to "beware absolute certainty-' take responsibility for the state of our state-' reflect on our own contradictions-' go new-'and see possibilities.

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Watch Video from March 11 Event: Intractable Conflicts at Home and Abroad

Thursday, March 10th ICCCR Director, Peter Coleman, and United Nations Ombudsman and Assistant Secretary General, John Barkat (an alumni of the ICCCR certificate program in Conflict Resolution) engaged in a lively theory-practice dialogue, addressing our world's most difficult conflicts.

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Time to Bury the Hatchet

In a recent blog on the Huffington Post site, TC's Peter Coleman and co-author Alon Gratch argue that the current upheaval in the Middle East may offer the last, best hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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A Peacemakers' Reunion

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Peace and Conflict Resolution Largely Unaffected by Research

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Trying to Make the Impossible Possible

Peter Coleman, author of The Five Percent, combines psychology with mathematics and other disciplines to help implacable foes resolve their differences. Hear Coleman interviewed by NPR's Ira Glass for "This American Life." Read a profile of Coleman in TC Today: http://bit.ly/sUacNz

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Professor Peter Coleman on NPR!

Professor Peter T. Coleman discusses his recent book, "The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts, on NPR!

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Professor Peter Coleman's Article Published in Negotiation Journal

Read "Getting Down to Basics: A Situated Model of Conflict in Social Relations" in the January 2012 issue of Negotiation Journal.

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The Five Percent on Illinois Public Radio

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Images from Israel

On April 15, ICCCR faculty traveled to Israel to lead workshops and panels on decision making, framing, and negotiation at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. We wanted to share with you some images from the trip! Click the link above to view.

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Dr. Peter T. Coleman's Recent Interview on WKCR-FM - Listen Here

This is the first of a series of interviews with Dr. Coleman on WKCR-FM. In this interview, he discusses his recent book, The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts and his work in the field of conflict and peace studies. Stay tuned for subsequent interviews!

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Peter Coleman Interview with Mark Levy on WKCR

A conversation between Professor Peter Coleman and Professor Mark Levy, who both work at the Earth Institute, about Professor Levy's work in Haiti, leading up to and following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Professor Levy is also Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

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Professor Peter Coleman Featured in Monitor on Psychology

Professor Coleman is featured in Monitor on Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association, in an article about intractable conflict.

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Peter Coleman, in TEDx talk, Analyzes Political Gridlock

In this recent TEDx talk in Miami, Columbia University Professor Peter T. Coleman explains why politics in the US are more deadlocked and polarized today than they have been since the end of the US Civil War and what our next president and our citizens can do about it.

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Creating a Space for Peace

Marla recently gave a $575,000 gift to renovate just about everything at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), headed by Peter Coleman, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education. Her gift will create the Marla L. Schaefer Office Suite at the ICCCR.

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TC's Peter Coleman: "Our World is Being 'Gamified'"

"Games are fast becoming the defining metaphor of our time," determining "how we think about, see and engage our world," the Professor of Psychology and Education writes in the Huffington Post.

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It takes sweat and tears to prevent bloodshed

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E.L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

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Can the Shutdown Be Resolved?

TC's Peter Coleman weighs in on Minnesota public radio.

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Generous support from Trustee and Campaign Chair Marla Schaefer enabled the College to renovate the offices of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR)

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Following Nelson Mandela's death on Dec. 5th, several Teachers College faculty members shared their reflections on the great South African leader and fighter against racism and apartheid.

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Video Highlights from TC's Other Curriculum

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