Welcome! I am an interdisciplinary scholar and conflict resolution practitioner interested in core questions of identity in peace and reconciliation. I am particularly interested in dialogue and community building processes and outcomes.
Local peacebuilding through dialogue and connection is my passion. I am a certified mediator with hundreds of hours of mediation experience from small claims court to community work. Specifically, I practice large group facilitation and mediation. While at Kent State, I have worked on community projects in North Hill Akron, on community relations during refugee resettlement, I have developed targeted strategic planning and community building interventions for several departments and Universities in North East Ohio, and I continue to develop innovative strategies for dialogue in partnership with undergraduate and graduate students. I am passionate about working locally to end cycles of violence, including community engagement with incarcerated individuals through the Alternatives to Violence Project and foster care with programs including First Star Academy.
(Solomon, J., & Martin, A) Competitive Victimhood as a Lens to Reconciliation: An Analysis of the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter Movements. Conflict Resolution Quarterly.https://doi.org/10.1002/crq.21262
2017 (Ron, Y., Solomon, J., Halperin, E., & Saguy, T. ). Willingness to engage in intergroup contact: A multilevel approach. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 23(3), 210-218. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pac0000204
2015 (Brunstetter, Solomon & Wehrenfennig) Multiplying Educational Perspectives: An Evaluation of The Olive Tree Initiative as an Experiential Education and Reconciliation Program in Del Felice, C. and A. Wisler (eds.) (2015) Peace education evaluation: Learning from experience and exploring prospects. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.
PhD in Political Science, University of California Irvine, 2015, MA in Political Psychology, University of California Irvine, 2010, MA in Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University 2008, BA in Human Development, University of Chicago 2006