Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Gopin has lectured on conflict resolution in Switzerland, Ireland, India, Italy, and Israel, as well as at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and numerous other academic institutions. Gopin has trained thousands of people worldwide in peacemaking strategies for complex conflicts in which religion and culture play a role. He conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of globalization, clash of cultures, development, social justice and conflict.
Gopin has engaged in back channel diplomacy with religious, political and military figures on both sides of conflicts, especially in the Arab/Israeli conflict. He has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, CNN International, Court TV, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, Israel Radio, National Public Radio, The Connection, Voice of America, and the national public radios of Sweden, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. He has been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, and his work has been featured in news stories of the Times of London, the Times of India, Associated Press, and Newhouse News Service, regarding issues of conflict resolution, religion and violence.
Gopin’s research is found in numerous book chapters and journal articles, and he is the author of Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence and Peacemaking (Oxford University Press, 2000); Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2002), a study on what was missing from the Oslo Process, and what will be necessary culturally for a successful Arab/Israeli peace process; Healing the Heart of Conflict (Rodale Press, 2004); and To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy in an Age of Religious Militancy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
Dr. Gopin is the creator and principal author of www.marcgopin.com, a daily weblog exploring the transformation of conflicts facing humanity.
PhD, Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University (1992)
MA, Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University (1988)
BA, European Intellectual History, Columbia College (1979)
Faculty Rank: Professor
- CONF 302 Culture, Identity, and Conflict Section 001
- CONF 399 Special Topics in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Section 004
- CONF 695 Selected Topics Section 011
- CONF 620 Reflective Practice in Interpersonal-Multiparty Conflicts Section 2SA
- CONF 397 Study Abroad Special Topics Section SA0
- CONF 695 Selected Topics Section SA7
- CONF 385 International Field Experience Section SA7
- CONF 385 International Field Experience Section SA8
- CONF 695 Selected Topics Section SA8
Published on December 10, 2011
Published on September 29, 2016
Published on October 22, 2012
Honors & Awards
First Intercultural Innovation Award, World Tourism Organization
July 12, 2013
ICJS Imagining Justice in Baltimore: A Jewish Perspective
March 28, 2016
In the News
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Presentations & Performances
Frontiers in Peacebuilding lecture series at EMU brings in four experts
May 9 2016 | Eastern Mennonite University
Webinar: Forging Alliances for Peace: Insights from a Conflict Resolution Scholar-Practitioner
May 6 2013 | Arlington Trulan Building
The Culture of Peace
Jan 6 2005 | Assad Library in Damascus