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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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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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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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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November 2009
When the Association for Conflict Resolution gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 7-10 for its 9th annual
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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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The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for Mason's undergraduate students to present their original research projects and experiences in the field that relate to conflict, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. Hosted by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the
April 21, 2015
Dr. Karina V. Korostelina will be sharing from her new book which offers a novel framework for analyzing the ways in which seemingly minor insults between ethnic groups, nations, and other types of groups escalate to disproportionately violent behavior and political conflict. The book shows
March 17, 2015
Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia:Understanding Stakeholders and Change in Environmental ConflictDr. Susan Hirsch, Professor of Conflict Resolution and Anthropology and former Director of the Undergraduate Program, will be speaking from her new book
February 10, 2015
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
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
The 2014 Symposium on the State ofGraduate Education in Peace and Conflict Resolution:School of Conflict Analysis and ResolutionGeorge Mason UniversityAfter successful gatherings at Brandeis University, University of Notre Dame, and American University, this collective continues to build momentum
May 20, 2014
The Next Frontier of Conflict Resolution Education an interactive webinar with David J. SmithTuesday, October 29 at 4:15p.m.Join the meeting:&
October 29, 2013
 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
Mixed methods are becoming increasingly important in the fields of conflict analysis and resolution. Whether we are using them in practice to strengthen program design and evaluation, iteratively theory building or integrating qualitative approaches into quantitative research 
October 25, 2012
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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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Continuation of steps in research process to prepare dissertation and implement published research. Builds on CONF 811 by examining qualitative...
Capstone course facilitating integration of learning in the graduate certificate programs, and appropriate mentored application and experiential...
Covers assessment methods appropriate to conflict contexts, and related evaluation approaches and techniques for use...
Introduces students to the philosophies behind social science research and the methods for conducting research in the field of conflict resolution...
Introduces field of conflict analysis and resolution. Examines the origins of social conflict, the practices and...
Capstone course in which students reflect on what they have learned, integrating knowledge from course work and...
Covers conflict at mezzo level, introducing theories of social harmony and conflict, drawing on sociology, social...
Introduces social science research methods at undergraduate level. Covers basic epistemology of social research,...
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