Mara Schoeny

Mara Schoeny
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, and Graduate Certificate Program Director

Ph.D., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
M.S., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


Mara Schoeny is an associate professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and the Director of the School's Graduate Certificate Program. She teaches courses in research and evaluation methods, practice skills and the integration of inter-disciplinary approaches to conflict analysis and resolution. She was a 1998 USIA Visiting Fellow in the Curriculum Development Exchange Program, in residence at Yerevan State University, Armenia. As part of the grant she developed and taught simulation courses for undergraduate and master’s level sociology and social work students in family, organizational, political and community conflict. She is a former youth camp director with experience in traditional camp settings as well as dialogue and co-existence camps for youth from conflict areas. Her research and practice interests include nonviolence, education and training and dialogue processes.

Awards and Honors
Teaching Excellence Award
Mara is 2008 Mason Teaching Excellence Award Winner.
Professional Affiliations
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Foreward, by Dennis Sandole:There is a natural tension between “forewording” a group of presentations made in honor of a distinguished colleague on the occasion of his or her retirement and one made in memoriam of that same colleague as a consequence...
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June 01, 1997
While the concept of “peace” has many definitions, mostly it describes a common concern for reducing violence, and for improving physical, spiritual, and psychological living conditions. Establishing a “zone of peace” thus requires us not...
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July 01, 2000
With roots in both the field of labor-management negotiation and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, practitioners and theorists of conflict resolution have been guided by two main theories concerning the objectives of alternative dispute resolution...
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February 2011
Threaded through her work and scholarship is a commitment to reflective practice and a keen sensitivity to the dynamics
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February 19, 2009
Report Discusses Concerns, IdeasArlington County is a diverse, inclusive community. It says so right atop its Web site
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December 03, 2008
Mara Schoeny, Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
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November 2009
When the Association for Conflict Resolution gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 7-10 for its 9th annual
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Developing & Implementing Culturally Inclusive Conflict Resolution Education Policies & Practices in K-12 & H.E.June 11 – 16, 2014
 Fairfax, Virginia, USA            Link to the CRE page:
June 11, 2014
 Come get to know your fellow classmates, current students, faculty, and learn the expectations of the program.
August 17, 2011
The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Community Relations Service would like to invite you to participate in a joint conference on social justice and creating change in communities in conflict in America.  
November 19, 2014
 In 2011, the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) convened a Taskforce to consider the question of what standards and/or guidelines might be established for graduate programs offering degrees in conflict resolution, oriented towards "professional practice."  The
April 10, 2012
Join the authors of:USIP Special Report: Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflictfor a presentation and extended discussion on graduate education in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. 
February 01, 2011
Protecting Vulnerable Populations in "Country-Owned Development": Trends in Conflict and Development Hosted by the Graduate Certificate Program at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University
April 01, 2010
 The S-CAR Certificate Program Welcome Event For New and Current Students. Join us for this evening presentation on the S-CAR Certificate Program, meet your new community, learn more about the opprtunites at S-CAR and have your questions answered. 5:30- 6:00pm- Registration and
August 19, 2013
Professor Sally Merry is Director of the Program on Law and Society and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at New York University Her most recent publications include Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwell, 2008); The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law Between the
March 26, 2009
Conflict and social fragility are a reality for development programs around the globe, and USAID is actively seeking conflict management and mitigation training in development field personnel across the programmatic board. The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution's certificate program is
November 15, 2009
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Webinar: “Forging Alliances for Peace: Insights from a Conflict Resolution Scholar-Practitioner”For those interested in being physically present, the event will take place at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Truland Building, Room 555, 3330 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA
May 06, 2013
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3434 N. Washington Blvd., 5th Floor Arlington, VA 22201

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Introduces social science research methods at undergraduate level. Covers basic epistemology of social research,...
Covers conflict at mezzo level, introducing theories of social harmony and conflict, drawing on sociology, social...
Capstone course in which students reflect on what they have learned, integrating knowledge from course work and...
Introduces field of conflict analysis and resolution. Examines the origins of social conflict, the practices and...
Introduces students to the philosophies behind social science research and the methods for conducting research in the field of conflict resolution...
Covers assessment methods appropriate to conflict contexts, and related evaluation approaches and techniques for use...
Capstone course facilitating integration of learning in the graduate certificate programs, and appropriate mentored application and experiential...
Continuation of steps in research process to prepare dissertation and implement published research. Builds on CONF 811 by examining qualitative...
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