In search of SPCS ... 

If you're looking for us in McGilvrey Hall, you will find that our office space is currently a construction zone while it is being remodeled and expanded.  Faculty, staff and graduate students have been temporarily assigned office space in various locations on campus.  Here is a listing of the locations of our temporary offices for Fall 2023.


SPCS contruction zone





Fall 2023 Office locations:


SPCS Director:
Neil  Cooper - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 39


SPCS secretary:
Dina Rathburn - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 17


SPCS graduate coordinator/advisor, faculty:
Landon Hancock - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 27


SPCS undergraduate coordinator/advisor, faculty:
Karen Cunningham - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 26


SPCS Internship/individual investigation advisor, undergraduate advisor, faculty:
Jacquelyn Bleak - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 43


SPCS faculty:
Tatsushi Arai - Merrill 226
Elaine Hsiao - McGilvrey 314
Sara Koopman - Merrill 226
Ashley Nickels - McGilvrey 308

Molly Merryman - McGilvrey 314 (away during Fall 2023)
Johanna Solomon - Merrill 226 (away during Fall 2023)


Graduate Teaching Assistant offices:
Merrill 226

What's New at SPCS?


  • New! Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

    New! Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

    The School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University will be offering a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies starting in Fall 2023.

  • New! Environment, Peace and Justice Minor

    New! Environment, Peace and Justice Minor

    Beginning in Fall 2023, SPCS is offering a new interdisciplinary minor in Environment, Peace & Justice.

  • New! 3+3 Law School Program

    New! 3+3 Law School Program

    The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) major is now part of Kent State’s 3+3 Law School Program, which allows students to complete both their bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years. 

Kent State University's School of Peace and Conflict Studies (SPCS) evolved from what was originally known as the Center for Peaceful Change.  The Center for Peaceful Change was founded in 1971 as Kent State University's original "living memorial" to the students killed on May 4, 1970 when Ohio National Guardsmen killed four and injured nine Kent State University students during a student protest against the United States' war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.   It was renamed the Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM) in 1994, and in 2017,  transformed into the School of Peace and Conflict Studies.


  • The mission and vision of the School of Peace and Conflict Studies include a strong commitment to research, teaching and practice that helps to bring about positive peaceful change at the personal, organizational, community, national and global levels.

  • SPCS offers a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies, as well as minors in Peace & Conflict Studies, and Environment, Peace & Justice.  Our popular Intro to Conflict Management course fulfills both Kent Core and diversity requirements, and teaches valuable skills for students in any major.

  • At the graduate level SPCS now offers a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies.  SPCS faculty also teach courses in the Conflict Analysis and Management concentration of the graduate program in Political Science.   Peace and Conflict Studies graduate-level courses are also included in the Leading Through Challenge Graduate Certificate program offered by the College of Business.

  • Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields which include mediation, human resources, law, social work and counseling, nonprofit management, social services, government, education and training, community organizing and activism, business, and finance.

  • The May 4th Legacy Scholarship Program  provides four scholarships to be given to students majoring in our Peace and Conflict Studies program, in honor of the four students killed on May 4, 1970. 

Contact Us

Phone: 330-672-3143
Fax: 330-672-0668

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