Long-time Maxwell faculty member establishes endowment for constructive conflict studies
The Maxwell School's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) has received a major gift from Professor Emeritus Louis Kriesberg to endow the Louis Kriesberg Family Fund for Constructive Conflict Studies. Kriesberg was the founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (now PARCC) and led it from 1986 to 1994.
Kriesberg, Maxwell professor emeritus of social conflict studies and professor emeritus of sociology at the Maxwell School, is a leading expert on issues relating to American foreign policy; the Middle East; and developments in the fields of conflict resolution, peace studies, and constructive conflict. He has published 20 books and over 150 chapters and articles, most recently co-authoring with Bruce W. Dayton the fourth edition of Constructive Conflicts. He is an active member of the Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue group and the past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Kriesberg has also received many professional awards and honors, including the Peace Scholar Award from the Peace and Justice Association in 2006 and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association's Peace Studies Section in 2013.
Support from the Kriesberg Family Fund will be targeted toward enhancing research and theory about waging conflicts constructively, increasing engagement of partisans and intermediaries in constructive conflicts, and increasing student and public knowledge about constructive conflict engagement. The fund could help support visiting PARCC scholars, dissertation and other research, policy analysis, problem-solving workshops, and course development, among other activities.
Catherine Gerard, director of PARCC, says, "Lou's work is foundational in the field of conflict resolution, and he has inspired academics and practitioners for more than 25 years. This fund will help bring the research to the next level, consistent with PARCC's mission of theory and practice. There has never been a more important time for serious learning and discussion about constructive approaches to conflict; I hope that the work enabled by the Kriesberg Family Fund will attract additional backing to help further engage the policy-making community, those who intervene in large-scale conflicts, and scholars in crafting innovative thinking and solutions." Further donations to the fund are welcomed.
Kriesberg adds, "I see the fund as a catalyst to foster constructive ways of waging and transforming conflicts in America and around the world. I want it to spur research, teaching, and public attention about preventing and overcoming conflicts that are waged badly with destructive consequences."