Academic Sector


 Alumni Highlight l Careers l Elective Courses l Internships l Final Project l Faculty Highlight

Research, writing, theory-building, teaching most commonly in the undergraduate and graduate university context, but also includes opportunities in policy centers and “think tanks.”​​​​

Alumni Highlight

Mitchell Kiefer '15

Sociology PhD Candidate; University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Applied Humanities Lecturer; Maastricht University (Maastricht, Netherlands)

Mitchell Kiefer

Mitchell studies how local cultures and politics of scientific expertise shape the ways in which cities are adapting to climate threats such as sea-level rise. His research focuses on social interactions between scientific experts, the state, and the public to understand how issues such as trust and conflicting experiences and values influence how communities make sense of and respond to environmental threats.

"CRES was a great experience for me. The practical skills and knowledge I gained in the program are extremely valuable for my research, as they help me understand the nuances of social conflict and the various formal and informal ways people go about dealing with it. Also, CRES was a blast, and I will always be thankful for the people I met while at Oregon."


  • Assistant Director for International Affairs for the Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
  • Head of the Conflict Prevention Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Netherlands.
  • Director, Joan B. Kroc School for Peace & Justice, Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace Studies, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA.
  • Visiting Professorship in Education for Sustainable Peace, The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig, Germany.

Elective Course Ideas

CRES 540 - Dialogue Across Differences

EDLD 620 - Educational Leadership

EDLD 624 - Leading for Equity

J 648 - Cultural Approaches to Communication

PPPM 636 - Public Policy Analysis

PS 555 - Theories of International Politics

SOC 545 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOC 564 - Systems of War and Peace

Internship Ideas

  • Center for Brain Injury Research and Training
  • International Center for Terrorism Studies
  • Peace Village
  • UO Clark Honors College
  • UO UNESCO Institute for Intercultural Dialogue

Previous Final Projects

Government Ethics: Training for Public Service

IDG Program Evaluation Summary Report & Form

Leadership in Higher Education

Massacre on the Plains: Genocide Theory and the United States

The Case for Ethical Persuasion in Perelman and Gadamer



Faculty Highlight

Erik Girvan

Associate Professor and CRES Faculty Co-Director

Erik Girvan

Professor Girvan is one of the CRES Faculty Co-Directors and teaches Psychology of Conflict in the CRES Program. Before joining Oregon Law's faculty, Erik litigated over 100 complex commercial cases in various federal and state jurisdictions across the country.  He  earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and his Ph.D. (Psychology) at the University of Minnesota. Erik’s research investigates how stereotypes, attitudes, and other biases might impact decisions in the legal system. He empirically tests practical ways to reduce or eliminate implicit biases by working with a diverse variety of legal and other professionals. You can access some of his scholarly work on Google Scholar.