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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver campus

Faculty & Research Centers

Tamra Pearson d’Estree, Henry R. Luce Professor of Conflict Resolution

Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Conflict Resolution Institute Professor Tamra Pearson d’EstreeDirector of the Conflict Resolution Institute's Center for Research and Practice

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 303-871-7685

Office: 2107 Sie International Relations Complex

University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

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  • PhD, Harvard University
  • AM, Harvard University
  • BA, University of Colorado, Boulder

Research and Expertise

Social psychological processes in intergroup relations: Conflict dynamics; the formation and maintenance of group identity; the role of social identity needs in conflict and conflict resolution; communication and conflict; stereotyping processes; gender and cultural differences in group process and conflict resolution; perceptions of justice and voice; strategy and dynamics in decision making, problem solving and group process. Processes of negotiation and mediation. Evaluation of conflict interventions.

Professional Profile

  • Henry R. Luce Professor of Conflict Resolution, University of Denver (2002-present); Co-Director, Conflict Resolution Institute, and Director of its Center for Research and Practice (2004-present)
  • 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)


  • INTS 3690:  Peacemaking and Peacebuilding
  • INTS 4613:  Strategic Peacebuilding
  • CRES 4111: Reflective Practice and Evaluation
  • CRES 4222: Theories of Practice: Mediation Theory and Issues
  • CRES 4225: Theories of Practice: Conciliation and Reconciliation
  • CRES 4333: Resolving Environmental and Public Policy Conflict
  • CRES 4991: Laboratory in Theories and