Tamra Pearson d'Estrée

Professor; Faculty Coordinator, Conflict Engagement & Resolution Initiative

Professional Biography

Tamra Pearson d’Estrée is Professor of Conflict Resolution in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Her research interests include identity and interaction dimensions of intergroup conflicts, reconciliation, peacebuilding, Track Two diplomacy, and processes for intergroup conflict resolution, particularly in the Middle East, Anatolia, and the Caucasus, where she also has engaged in conflict resolution practice. Her current peacebuilding research explores the benefits and pitfalls of environmental peacebuilding. Her current policy research explores how immigrant integration policies and frameworks interact with community attitudes and behavior toward Muslim immigrants. She also teaches and does research on collaborative processes of environmental policy formation and implementation. Other research interests include the evaluation of international, community, and environmental conflict resolution. She also coordinates DU’s Conflict Engagement and Resolution Initiative. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University. 


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1990
MA, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1987
BA, University of Colorado, Boulder

Job History

Director, Conflict Resolution Institute, University of Denver

  • Led trainings and facilitated interactive problem-solving workshops in various inter-communal conflict contexts, including Israel-Palestine, Ethiopia, and in US intertribal disputes
  • Directed projects aimed at conflict resolution capacity-building in Israel-Palestine, the Caribbean, Ukraine, and Georgia
  • Served as an evaluation consultant to several programs of non-governmental organizations as well as UNESCO, UNDP, USAID, and USIECR
  • Worked to develop evaluation frameworks for community mediation centers, for university based mediation centers, for interactive conflict resolution interventions, and for peacebuilding initiatives

Associate Professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (1998-2002)
Assistant Professor in Psychology, Communication, and Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona (1990-1997)
Fellow, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona (1992-1993)

Featured Publications

In addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles, she is co-author, with Bonnie G. Colby, of Braving the Currents: Evaluating Conflict Resolution in the River Basins of the American West (Springer), co-editor, with Ruth Parsons, of Cultural Encounters and Emergent Practices in Conflict Resolution Capacity-Building (Palgrave Macmillan), and editor of New Directions in Peacebuilding Evaluation (Rowman & Littlefield) and Shifting Protracted Conflict Systems Through Local Interactions: Extending Kelman’s Legacy (Routledge).