Louis Kriesberg Family Fund for Constructive Conflict Studies

Louis Kriesberg talking with student

Louis Kriesberg, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies; Professor Emeritus of Sociology; and founding director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).

The Louis Kriesberg Family Fund for Constructive Conflict Studies is dedicated to 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.

"I want to spur research, teaching, and public attention about preventing and overcoming conflicts that are waged badly with destructive consequences."  — Louis Kriesberg

The fund was established in 2012 with a major gift from Louis Kriesberg, whose foundational work in the field of conflict resolution has inspired academics, students, and practitioners (see a video about Kriesberg’s life and work). It supports visiting scholars, dissertation research, policy analysis, problem-solving workshops, and course development, among other activities.

"I see the fund as a catalyst to foster constructive ways of waging and transforming conflicts in America and around the world," explains Kriesberg, who founded the Maxwell School’s Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (now PARCC).

“There has never been a more important time for serious learning and discussion about constructive approaches to conflict,” says PARCC’s current director, Catherine Gerard. “The Kriesberg Family Fund will help further engage the policy-making community, those who intervene in large-scale conflicts, and scholars in crafting innovative thinking and solutions."