The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

COEX Faculty

COEX students sitting in an orientation lecture.

The faculty for the Master's Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence consists of experts in the fields of international politics, human rights, ethnic conflict, culture, civil society movements, race relations and dialogue and mediation processes. They are drawn from both Brandeis University and neighboring academic institutions in the Boston area. In addition, the program utilizes visiting international faculty and draws upon the experience of international experts from many of the governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations working in the field of conflict.

Head shot of Professor Alain Lempereur

Alain Lempereur

Program Director, Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence; Alan B. Slifka Professor of Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Expertise: Responsible Leadership, Responsible Negotiation, Humanitarian Negotiation, Mediation, Questioning, Peace, Coexistence, Post-Conflict, Facilitation, Philosophy of Law, Jurisprudence, Legal Rhetoric, Reconciliation, Peace Education.

781-736-3959 Schneider 106
Pamina Firchow, Associate Professor

Pamina Firchow

Associate Professor

781-736-2873 Heller-Brown 24i
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Mari Fitzduff

Professor Emerita and Founding Director, Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Expertise: Peace Processes, Public Policy on Diversity Issues, Professional/Graduate Education Coexistence Issues, Social Psychology of Intercommunal/Intersocietal Conflict, Neuroscience and Conflict, Followership.

781-736-2873 Heller-Brown 241
Associate Professor Ted Johnson teaching a lecture

Theodore A. Johnson

Associate Professor of the Practice

Expertise: Coexistence and conflict studies, peacebuilding, conflict and development, negotiation and mediation, international law and international organizations, research methods, diversity, race and inequality.

781-736-5023 Heller-Brown 348
Sandra Jones, Associate Director of International Affairs, MA Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Sandra Jones

Deputy Director, COEX and SID Programs, and Lecturer

781-736-8575 Schneider 106
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Isabella Jean, MA COEX'06

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Conflict-sensitivity, peacebuilding effectiveness, program design, monitoring and evaluation methods, accountability and feedback loops, conflict, coexistence, democracy and education in multi-ethnic societies.

Head shot of adjunct lecturer Anaide Nahikian '04

Anaide Nahikian '04

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Disaster management, capacity building.
Head shot of lecturer Mihaela Papa

Mihaela Papa


Expertise: Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Coalitions, Regulatory Crises, Global Governance, Rising Powers - BRICS, International Institutions, Diplomacy.

Head shot of adjunct lecturer Pierrette Quintiliani

Pierrette Quintiliani

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: International field emergency, relief operations, conflict prevention, international humanitarian law.

Head shot of adjunct lecturer David Steele

David Steele

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: Conflict transformation, peacebuilding, countering violent extremism, interfaith dialogue, problem solving, historical conciliation, integration of Western and indigenous reconciliation processes, training and capacity-building of indigenous communities, conflict assessment, post-conflict reconstruction.

Steven L. Burg

Adlai Stevenson Professor of International Politics

Expertise: Comparative politics; Ethnic politics; Balkan politics; Ethnic conflict and conflict management.
781-736-2752 Olin-Sang 108

Cynthia Cohen

Director, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

Expertise: Leader of action/reflection research projects; nexus of the arts, culture, justice and peace; aesthetic and ethical dimensions of peacebuilding; conflict resolution, women's studies and education.

781-736-2133 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex 321

Shai Feldman

Judy and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics

Expertise: Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, conflict and peacemaking in the Middle East.

781-736-5321 Lemberg Hall 201

Jytte Klausen

Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation

Expertise: Domestic and international terrorism. Islam in the West. Immigration and social cohesion. Western Jihadism Project Laboratory.
781-736-2762 Olin-Sang 110