Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University
Kevin Avruch is a Professor of Conflict Resolution and Anthropology in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program at George Mason University. He received his BA from the University of Chicago and MA and PhD from the University of California at San Diego. He has taught at three universities and served as Coordinator of the Anthropology Program at GMU. In 2005, he became Associate Director of ICAR.
Dr. Avruch has published extensively on a wide variety of subjects in conflict analysis and resolution. He served as book review editor of Anthropological Quarterly and is currently on the editorial boards of three esteemed publications. He has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad, and his work has been recognized by the International Association of Conflict Management and the United States Institute of Peace, where he was senior fellow in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace.
Dr. Avruch is currently working on projects investigating sources of political violence in protracted conflicts, the role of human rights and truth and reconciliation commissions in post-conflict peacebuilding, and cultural aspects of humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.
Director of the Ph.D in International Conflict Management Program in Kennesaw State University
Dr. Joseph G. Bock is Director of the PhD program in International Conflict Management and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science & International Affairs. He joined KSU as Director in August 2015 from the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his work at the Eck Institute, Dr. Bock was Director of External Relations at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame. Other positions include being Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College and Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation. Dr. Bock’s humanitarian work has included directing Catholic Relief Services’ programs in Pakistan and Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza Strip, and overseeing programs in Bosnia, Croatia, Guinea, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Uganda while serving as Vice President at American Refugee Committee. In 2010, he took a two-month leave from Notre Dame to serve as American Refugee Committee’s country director in Haiti following its devastating earthquake.
Dr. Bock has been a consultant on violence prevention with the World Bank and a consultant with The Asia Foundation on conflict management and democratic governance, providing support in Thailand, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He has been a Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a Fulbright Specialist at University of Malta, and a Visiting Fellow at Gonzaga University.
Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Relief Services
As the chief operating officer for Catholic Relief Services, Sean Callahan is responsible for Overseas Operations, U.S. Operations and Human Resources, and for ensuring CRS’ fidelity to its mission to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. His role is to enhance performance, stimulate innovation and position CRS for the future.
Sean was executive vice president for Overseas Operations from June 2004 to September 2012. He provided oversight for a program and management portfolio which grew to more than $700 million, serving people in more than 100 countries and engaging a team of more than 5,000 staff.
As regional director for South Asia from January 1998 to May 2004, Sean strengthened CRS’ programming and partnerships in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. He worked closely with Blessed Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, represented CRS at the Asian Bishops Synod in 1998, and led the regional response to floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones and man-made emergencies. He experienced a terrorist attack by the Tamil Tigers at the Sri Lankan airport, and championed programming in Afghanistan during and after the Taliban’s rule.
Founder - ACCORD
Kathy Komaroff Goodman is a founding Principal at ACCORD, a collaborative of conflict management and resolution specialists serving individuals and businesses. The goal of ACCORD is to assist our clients in moving from destructive modes of conflict engagement towards the development of constructive modes of conflict resolution. Ms. Goodman is Founder and CEO of a family business, Katherine Komaroff Fine Arts, Inc., and understands the culture of the creative arts sector and the business community. As an art dealer, she negotiated sales between buyer and seller, built private and corporate collections, managed a staff, resolved disputes, and interacted with arts foundations and organizations.
Kathy received her M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University in 2013. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Berkeley in both art history and psychology. Ms. Goodman is a trained mediator and received her training from the New York Peace Institute (NYPI), Columbia University, and Advanced Family and Divorce Training from The Center for Mediation and Training, New York, NY. Ms. Goodman mediates at the New York Peace Institute, and the New York Civil Courts.
Center for Conflict Studies Advisory Committee Member
Karen Osborne has been active in the non-profit world of the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She was a member of the Salvation Army Board and a founding member of two multi-cultural organizations for seniors, Senior Action Network and Planning for Elders in the Central City. She currently hosts a monthly lecture series, Conversations, in Carmel, California. Ms. Osborne had a career in health care administration and education and is the parent of four children. She was the first public member of the Ethics Committee of the California State Bar and founder of the San Francisco Long Term Care Committee, which developed the plan for long term care in San Francisco County. She lives in Carmel and San Francisco, California.
Professor of Conflict Resolution in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Tamra Pearson d’Estrée has a PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University. She co-directs the interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution Institute at the University of Denver, and is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Conflict Resolution in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She has led trainings and facilitated interactive problem-solving workshops in various inter-communal conflict contexts, including Israel-Palestine, Ethiopia, and in U.S. intertribal disputes. She also has directed and evaluated projects aimed at conflict resolution capacity-building in Israel-Palestine, the Caribbean, Ukraine, and Georgia, with projects funded by the State Department and USAID. She has served as an evaluation consultant to community and non-governmental organizations as well as UNESCO, UNDP, and USIECR.
Dr. d’Estrée’s research areas include identity dimensions of social and ethnic conflict, procedural justice, intergroup relations, and the evaluation of international, community and environmental conflict resolution. She worked with community mediation centers in Colorado to develop a common evaluation framework, and is co-author, with Bonnie G. Colby, of Braving the Currents: Evaluating Conflict Resolution in the River Basins of the American West (Springer), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in various interdisciplinary journals. She is on the boards of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution.
Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University
Richard E. Rubenstein is Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University. He is a faculty member of the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (formerly known as the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution).
Professor Rubenstein was educated at Harvard College (BA 1959, magna cum laude), Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar (MA 1961), and Harvard Law School (JD 1963). He practiced law in Washington, D.C., taught political science at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and was professor of law at the Antioch School of Law.
Professor Rubenstein is the author of eight books, the most recent of which is Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War. He is an expert on popular narratives of war and peace, religious conflict, terrorism, and methods of resolving serious international and domestic disputes. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and film documentaries discussing these issues.