Landon Hancock teaches courses for both the School of Peace and Conflict Studies and the Department of Political Science. For academic year 2018-19, he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea and is a faculty affiliate of the Program for the Prevention of Mass Violence at the School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University. His main area of focus is the role of ethnicity and identity in conflict generation, dynamics and resolution. This is coupled with an interest in grassroots peacebuilding, zones of peace and the role of agency in the success or failure of peacebuilding efforts.
Recent publications include articles in Peacebuilding, National Identities,Ethnopolitics, Peace & Change, Irish Political Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and Journal of Peace Education. He is editor of Narratives of Identity in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (2016) and co-editor (with Christopher Mitchell) of two volumes, Zones of Peace (2007), Local Peacebuilding and National Peace (2012) and Local Peacebuilding and Legitimacy (2018). His research is focused on identity-driven conflict, from the reasons for its inception and outbreak to its resolution and to periods of post-conflict peacebuilding and transitional justice. From 2012 to 2016 he served as Chair of ISA’s Peace Studies Section, where he facilitated its growth from the organization’s 5th to 3rd largest section.
Dr. Hancock's awards include a Senior Fulbright Fellowship for 2018-19, a Peace Scholar fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace in 2001 for his dissertation, Peace from the People: Identity Salience and the Northern Irish Peace Process, and a summer fellowship at the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. He also served as a research fellow at RESOLVE, Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Research and Education.
Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Hancock taught courses at the University of Baltimore's Center for Negotiations and Conflict Management; American University's Washington Semester Program; and George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, New Century College and Department of Sociology.
Zones of Peace: Local Conflict Mitigation and Peacebuilding in the Midst of Civil Violence. Co-editor (with Christopher R. Mitchell). Bloomfield, CT. Kumarian Press. 2007.
"Narratives of Commemoration: Identity, Memory, and Conflict in Northern Ireland 1916–2016." Peace & Change 44, no. 2 (2019): 244-65.
"Deliberative Peacebuilding: Agency and Development in Post-Conflict Practice." Peacebuilding (2019): 1-20.
"Selling the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Prospect Theory and the Campaign to Frame the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action." (with Lisa Hager, Oindrila Roy and Michael J. Ensley) Congress & the Presidency (2019): 1-29.
"Expressions of American White Ethnonationalism in Support for “Blue Lives Matter”." (with Johanna Solomon and David Kaplan) Geopolitics (2019): 1-21.
“Who is to Blame? The Relationship between Ingroup Identification and Relative Deprivation is moderated by Ingroup Attributions.” (with Hanna Zagefka, Jens Binder and Rupert Brown) Social Psychology 44, no. 6 (2013): 398-407.
"The Patterns of Ethnic Conflict." Ethnos-nation. Vol. 6, Nos. 1-2. 1998.
Selected Book Chapters
“From Principles into Practice in Peace and Conflict Studies.” (with Patrick G. Coy and Anuj Gurung). The Routledge Companion to Peace and Conflict Studies, edited by Thomas Maytok. London: Routledge, 68-78, 2019.
"Legitimate Agents of Peacebuilding: Deliberative Governance in Zones of Peace." In Local Peacebuilding and Legitimacy: Interactions between National and Local Levels, edited by Landon E. Hancock and Christopher Mitchell. London: Routledge, 2018.
“Peace from the People: Identity Salience and the Northern Irish Peace Process.” In Lessons from the Northern Irish Peace Process, edited by Timothy White. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013.
“Zones of Peace.” In The Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding, edited by Roger MacGinty. London: Routledge., 2013.
“Belfast’s Interfaces: Zones of Conflict or Zones of Peace?” In Local Peacebuilding and National Peace: Interaction between Grassroots and Elite Processes, edited by Christopher Mitchell and Landon E. Hancock. London, New York: Continuum Publishing, 2012.
"Ethnic Identities and Boundaries: Anthropological, Psychological and Sociological Approaches" in The International Studies Association Compendium. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Inc. 2010.
"El Salvador's Post-Conflict Peace Zone." In Zones of peace, edited by L. E. Hancock and C. R. Mitchell. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press. 2007.
"Significant Events in the Northern Irish Peace Process: Impact and Implementation." In From Power Sharing to Democracy: Post Conflict Institutions in Politically Divided Societies. Ed. S. Noel. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. 2005.
"The Pecos River Case: Sharing a Resource Among Old Rivals." In Braving the Currents: Evaluating Environmental Conflict Resolution in the American West. Eds. Tamra Pearson d'Estree and Bonnie G. Colby. Norwell, MA: Kluwer, 2004 (with Annette Hanada).
"Zones of Peace." In The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
"Pushing for Peace and Stability: Some Comments on Colin Irwin's Polls." Forum: Northern Ireland in The Global Review of Ethnopolitics. Vol. 2, Nos. 3-4, pp. 83-84. 2003.
Soldier, Scientist, Diplomat, Mediator: The Multi-Disciplinary Context of Conflict Resolution. Co-editor (with others). Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Fairfax, VA. 1999.
"Northern Ireland: Troubles Brewing." Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland. UK. 1998. Available here.
Ph.D., Conflict Analysis & Resolution, The Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University, 2003, M.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University, 1997, B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University, 1991
Conflict Resolution, Ethnic Conflict, Peace Processes, Zones of Peace, conflict analysis and resolution, local peacebuilding and zones of peace, identities in conflict and conflict resolution, ethnic conflict and religious conflict, conflict resolution processes, encouraging dialogue, creation of systemic social change, post-conflict transitional justice, reconciliation and coexistence, theories of conflict, dynamics of conflict and processes of conflict management, settlement, resolution and transformation
Chair of the Peace Studies Section for the ISA, 2012-2016.