School of Peace and Conflict Studies

Neil Cooper, Ph.D., director of the School of Peace and Conflict Studies. Note: The following essay was crafted by Neil Cooper, Ph.D., director of Kent State University's School of Peace and Conflict Studies. The school evolved from the Center for Peaceful Change, which was established in 1971 as a “living memorial” to the students killed by the Ohio National Guard during a student protest against the Vietnam War on...

Mapes (left) and Koopman (right) They remember the sights and sounds of helicopters and trucks as the Ohio National Guard moved into their small college town. They remember the smell of tear gas. They remember the chants of the protesters against the Vietnam War and invasion of Cambodia. They remember the panic and fear that ensued immediately after they heard that four students...

Photo of YES! Magazine Editions lying side by side. Two Kent State Honors College students were recently recognized in YES! Magazine’s Fall 2019 National Student Writing Competition. Madison Greene, a junior majoring in communications studies, was recognized as the contest’s University Winner for her essay, “Carrying the Torch.” The essay written by Jenna Robinson, a junior honors student...

Neil Cooper, Ph.D., inaugural director of Kent State University Kent State University’s inaugural director of the new School of Peace and Conflict Studies, Neil Cooper, Ph.D., said as the university builds toward the 50th commemoration of May 4, 1970, and the 50th anniversary of the school, he is looking forward to working with colleagues on the next phase of the school’s history. Before joining Kent State,...

Laura Davis, Ph.D., walks students through her memories of May 4, 1970  As part of Kent State University’s May 4 course, senior Julia Pharmer sifted through resources in University Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives and engaged in classroom discussions. Perhaps one of the most engaging sessions though was when Professor Emerita Laura Davis, Ph.D., gave students a firsthand account of her May 4...

Laura Davis, Ph.D., walks students through her memories of May 4, 1970  As part of Kent State University’s May 4 course, senior Julia Pharmer sifted through resources in University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives and engaged in classroom discussions. Perhaps one of the most engaging sessions though was when Professor Emerita Laura Davis, Ph.D., gave students a firsthand account of her May 4 experiences....

Neil Cooper, Ph.D., of the University of Bradford in the U.K. has been selected as the inaugural director of Kent State University’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies. Kent State University has chosen an international expert to lead the university’s new School of Peace and Conflict Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences, known for its study of nonviolent conflict management.  Neil Cooper, Ph.D., who is currently the head of Peace Studies and International...

Landon Hancock Fulbright Award image The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Landon Hancock of Kent State University’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to the Republic of Korea in Peace Studies. Dr. Hancock will lecture and collaborate at Kyung Hee’s...

Landon Hancock Fulbright Award image The School of Peace and Conflict Studies is proud to announce the publication of Local Peacebuilding and Legitimacy, edited by SPCS Associate Professor Landon Hancock and Christopher Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. This volume, their third in the Zones of Peace series examines questions...

Landon Hancock Fulbright Award image The Peace, War and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) presented Patrick G. Coy, Ph.D., professor and director of new the School of Peace and Conflict Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, with a career award: the Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award for Distinguished Contributions to...