Sara Cobb

Sara Cobb
Drucie French Cumbie Professor, Director of the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution

Ph.D, Communication, 1988, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Ed., Counseling, 1980, University of Puget Sound
B.A. English (Honors),1973, Albertus Magnus College

Biography

Dr. Sara Cobb, (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is the Drucie French Cumbie Professor at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University, where she was also the Director for 8 years. In this context she teaches and conducts research on the relationship between narrative and violent conflict; she is also the Director of the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution at S-CAR that provides a hub for scholarship on narrative approaches to conflict analysis and resolution. Formerly, she was the Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and has held positions at a variety of tier one research institutions such as University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Connecticut, and more recently at the University of Amsterdam. She has also consulted to and/or conducted training for a host of public and private organizations, including UN High Commission on Refugees, UNDP, La Caxia Bank, and Exxon, the American Bar Association, Fox Learning Academy as well as a number of universities in Europe and Latin America. Dr. Cobb is widely published. Her book, Speaking of Violence: The Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution offers a narrative perspective on both conflict analysis and conflict resolution. She has been a leader in the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution studies, conducting research on the practice of neutrality, as well as the production of “turning points” and “critical moments” in negotiation processes. Some of this research is based on case studies from her field research in Guatemala, Chile, Rwanda a



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Awards and Honors
Psychotherapy with Women Award
American Psychological Association, "Psychotherapy with Women Award, in Recognition of Substantial and Outstanding Contributions to the Theory, Practice, and Research of Psychotherapy with Women...
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December 10, 2013
Deliberative processes should enable public officials to stay connected to the changing needs and interests of the communities for whom and with whom they work. Theoretically, these practices should enable public officials to help citizens negotiate with each...
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June 20, 2013
In the context of ongoing or historical violence, people tell stories about what happened, who did what to whom and why. Yet frequently, the speaking of violence reproduces the social fractures and delegitimizes, again, those that struggle against their own...
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December 10, 2011
This chapter offers a narrative perspective on reconciliation and then uses a prospective case study to exemplify how a narrative approach could be used to design a peacemaking approach that is elicitive, at the level of story itself, for the interpersonal...
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October 01, 2010
Narratives matter. They shape the social world in which they circulate, reflecting and refracting the cultural limits of what narratives can be told, in what setting, to whom. From this perspective, they structure how we make sense of ourselves, as members of a...
Category: Journal Article
September 01, 2008
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March 01, 2006
Talk to the experienced professionals. They speak of moments in a negotiation process where the unexpected or the surprising happened. At times they chalk it up to chance, and other times to the circumstances, and upon very rare occasions to their skill at...
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2004
 (We can) (r)ethink emancipation in terms of an aesthetic ethics where the individual has the capacity to reinvent her or his mode of being, to enact... a form of transfiguration wherein the individual sees her/himself a s a work of art. (Jabri, p.592)....
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April 16, 2003
Growing out of a project of the same name that was initiated by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, this text contains theoretical and practical considerations of the possibilities of getting previously warring groups coexisting through interaction....
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January 01, 1997
This article, based on an analysis of 30 community mediation sessions, provides a theoretical frame for tracking the emergence and domestication of violence stories in the sessions themselves. Challenging the Cartesian distinction between mental and physical...
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September 01, 1995
Though the literature on the diagnosis and treatment of survivors of childhood sexual abuse has burgeoned in the last 20 years, relatively little guidance is available in the popular or professional literature to assist clients or therapists about issues of...
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September 01, 1994
Drawing on Anscombe's (1960) description of intention as a language game, this article explores the negotiation of “theories of responsibility” (O'Barr & Conley, 1985) in informal legal narratives. Using examples of conversation drawn from a...
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November 01, 1991
Based on our research on the practice of neutrality in mediation, we deconstruct the practice of neutrality in mediation by examining both the discourse of neutrality operant in mediators' accounts of their practice and the discourse processes in mediation...
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January 01, 1988
This dissertation offers a theoretical rationale and a methodology for the critical analysis of microprocesses. Noting that systemic therapists lack descriptions of their work as ideological, this research offers a vocabulary that can address the twinned concepts...
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March 26, 2014
"I’m sure we all have a view on the notion of neutrality and impartiality and whether this is an attainable
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April 2013
 Warning: This article is not for the faint of heart or “do-gooders.” It is written so as to
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March 15th 2011
12th Annual Communication and Social Action Conference to ‘Reframe Blame’ Next WeekThe Communication and
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March 2011
Narratives matter. They are the architecture of consciousness; they both reflect and shape identity as well as govern
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December 01, 2008
This year ICAR has another philosopher and democratic theorist in its midst, Noëlle McAfee, associate research
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 Join us for a discussion with Prof. Karina Korostelina about Narratives of Identity and Power in Ukraine. Thursday April 24th, 20142pm-4pmS-CAR Metropolitan Building Room 5183
April 24, 2014
Writing Workshop: Introduction to Academic WritingTuesday, April 1st4:30pm-7:00pmConference room 5145Instead of dreading your final papers, comprehensive exams, thesis and dissertation proposals, learn how to structure an academic argument!This 3 hour workshop taught by Professor Cobb will provide
April 01, 2014
A Vision for a Shared Future:A Discussion with Palestinians and Jews from IsraelVoices from the Margins of the Israeli Societywith the Joint Delegation of the Palestinian and Jewish Civil Society Leaders March 25th, 2014 3:00-5:00pm    The Metropolitan Building 34
March 25, 2014
The Origins of Empathy, and its Use for Conflict Resolutionwith Marcus BullockTuesday, October 15th, 2:00-4:00pm The Metropolitan Building, 5th Floor Room: 51833434 N. Washington BlvdDescription: It’s natural to assume that the word “empathy” has been in our vocabulary since
October 15, 2013
Tuesday, October 1st2:00pm-4:00pm The Metropolitan Building, 5th Floor Room: 51833434 N. Washington BlvdThis roundtable will explore how certain discourses consciously or unconsciously limit certain alternative conflict resolution options. This will be a discussion, so please bring your
October 01, 2013
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This is an invitation to join in a conversation about a possible APT for 2013-2014, with Arthur Romano and Sara Cobb. We would like to brainstorm and gauge interested from students before moving forward. There is, at present, a growing literature on counternarratives that addresses the
April 16, 2013
The Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution (CNCR) welcomes Dr. María Pía Lara, Professor and Researcher Autonomous of the Metropolitan University of Mexico, as she shares some of the issues developed in her work, "Narrating Evil: A Postmetaphysical Theory of Reflective
November 27, 2012
The Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution welcomes Scholar-Practitioner in Residence, Dr. John Winslade (Ph.D.) for a Narrative Mediation Workshop on April 26-27. Dr. Winslade is the Associate Dean of the College of Education at California State University San Bernardino and a
April 26, 2012
 Featuring Lihi Ben-Shitirt, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Yale University
April 26, 2012
Please join the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution for an open lecture given by our Scholar-Practitioner in Residence, Dr. John Winslade (PhD) on Monday, April 16. This presentation will address the question of how to listen to conflict narratives in a way that opens the best
April 16, 2012
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Analyzes theoretical basis undergirding methods of research in conflict resolution. Explores how theory is built...
Introductory skill-building course integrating conflict theory and practice using reflective practitioner model. Students learn necessary skills...
Introductory skill-building course integrating conflict theory and practice using reflective practitioner model. Students learn necessary skills...
Introductory skill-building course integrating conflict theory and practice using reflective practitioner model. Students learn necessary skills...
Covers conflict at micro level, introducing theories drawn from various disciplines including psychology,...
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