AC4 works to connect individuals and centers at Columbia University, across schools and disciplines, to promote cutting-edge ideas, practices and technologies for constructive conflict resolution, violence prevention, sustainable human development, and peace.

Conflict at Columbia










AC4Link logoAC4 Link features information about faculty, centers, and departments across the Columbia University community who are working directly or indirectly in the areas of conflict resolution, violence prevention, peace, and sustainable development.

Profiles are organized by topical area, academic discipline, and Columbia University school and include summaries of relevant projects, papers, and courses, as well as contact information.


Featured Faculty Profile


Janet Jakobsen is the director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is also a member of Barnard’s multidisciplinary academic program in women’s studies and an affiliate of the program in human rights. Dr. Jakobsen teaches such courses as “Feminist Theories,” “Theorizing Women’s Activism,” “Queer Theories,” and “Religion, Gender, and Violence.”

Her research interests include religion, gender, and sexuality in American public life; social movements and feminist alliance politics; feminist and queer ethics; and global issues of economics and violence. She is currently working on a book project, The Value of Ethics: Sex, Secularism, and Social Movements in a Global Economy. Before entering academia, Professor Jakobsen was a policy analyst and lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

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Featured Center Profile


The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) is committed to its three core goals of providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world. ISHR’s emphases on interdisciplinarity, engagement, and globalism draw from and complement the strengths that have long characterized intellectual life at Columbia. ISHR’s distinction is also earned through its active engagement with the world of human rights practitioners.

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Our Partners


NECRlogoColumbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, which can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University. The graduate program’s training philosophy is grounded in a commitment to interactive, dialogue-based methods of managing and resolving conflict. The focus is on building common ground, establishing dialogue, applying practical skills, ensuring representation and recognition, and forging relationships.




ICCCR-Logo-mediumThe Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) is an innovative center committed to developing knowledge and practice to promote constructive conflict resolution, effective cooperation, and social justice. We partner with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to create tools and environments through which conflicts can be resolved constructively and just and peaceful relationships can thrive. We work with sensitivity to cultural differences and emphasize the links between theory, research, and practice. While many conflict resolution  centers provide training and consulting, our practice is rooted in our own original, leading-edge scholarship.