Theodore Johnson

Associate Professor of the Practice, and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program Director

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 348
Phone: 781-736-5023
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Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Studies; Negotiation and Mediation; Intercultural Communication, International Human Rights Law, Race, Diversity, and Inequality. Certified advanced trainer and workshop leader in "Kingian Nonviolence", Trained facilitator in "Compassionate Listening".


  • HS 241f - Kingian Nonviolence and Reconciliation
  • HS 250f - Dynamics of Intercultural Communication
  • HS 251f - Critical Approaches to Diversity
  • HS 257f - International Humanitarian Law, Policy and Practice
  • HS 305f - Advanced Dialogue and Mediation


  • Tufts University
  • Western State University
  • Tufts University

Theodore Johnson

Associate Professor of the Practice, and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Program Director


Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of the Practice, and Program Director of Masters Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. He is also a Practicum Advisor for COEX and SIDCO students. Prior to his appointment in 2006, he was a Senior Program Manager and Legal Advisor to the Conflict Management Group and Mercy Corps in Cambridge MA. During that time he worked extensively as an International Negotiation and Training Consultant for governments, corporations and international organizations. He has worked in post apartheid South Africa, in Cyprus with Greek and Turkish Cypriots towards bi-communal coexistence, with universities and political leaders in Northern and South Central Iraq to develop joint problem-solving skills and strategies. He has been an advisor to several UN Agencies including WHO, FAO, UNCTAD, and Codex Alimantarius - the UN international food safety organization. Prior to his international work, he was a Deputy District Attorney and Judge Pro Tem in Orange County California. He is a member of the California and American Bar Associations, and the American Society of International Law. He received a Juris Doctorate from Western State College of Law in 1972, a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy (MALD) in 1993 from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School in 2009.

Awards and Honors

  • Brandeis Teaching and Learning Fellow (2017 - 2018)
  • Promotion to Associate Professor of the Practice (2016)
  • Heller School 2014 Mentoring Award (2014)


  • Johnson, Theodore A.. "As I See It: Syria & R2P: A path away from hypocrisy." Worcester Telegram & Gazette 4/23/17: Opinion Op Ed Pages.
  • Johnson, Theodore A.. The Paralysis of Culture: Developing a Cultural Awareness Process To Increase Cross-Cultural Understanding in International Organizations; The Case of the World Health Organization. Diss. Tufts University, August 24, 2009. Medford MA: ProQuest / UMI;, 2009.
  • Johnson, Theodore A., Maureen Lempke and Steve Claborne. The Impacts of Negotiation Training at the World Health Organization; Assessing Change and a Roadmap for the Future. Mercy Corps. Portland, Oregon: 2007.
  • Johnson,T., Chasen, A. & Ricigliano, R.. "Problems without a Process: Using an Action Dialogue to Manage Racial Tensions." Harvard Negotiation Law Review 4. Spring (1999).
  • Johnson,Theodore. "Mediating Environmental Treaty Disputes and the International Court of Justice." Papers on International Environmental Negotiation. Ed. Susskind, L.E., Moomaw, W.R. & Najam, A.. Cambridge:, 1993
  • Johnson, Theodore A. and Martin Dahl.. "Litigation Reduction in Workers Compensation - Yes or No?"." Western State University Law Review 1. 1 (1972).