Welcome to the School of Peace and Conflict Studies, where we are dedicated to developing in our students the knowledge and skills to bring about positive peaceful change. 

As a hub for academic excellence and research in the field of conflict resolution and peace studies, we invite you to explore our diverse programs and join us in shaping a better future.

Experience SPCS


Looking for us?

If you're looking for us in McGilvrey Hall, you will find that our office space is currently a construction zone while it is being remodeled and expanded.

Faculty, staff and graduate students have been temporarily assigned office space in various locations on campus.


Fall 2023 Temporary Office Locations

  • Neil Cooper (Director) - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 39
  • Dina Rathburn (Secretary) - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 17
  • Landon Hancock (Graduate Coordinator/Advisor) - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 27
  • Karen Cunningham (Undergraduate Coordinator/Advisor) - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 26
  • Jacquelyn Bleak (Undergraduate Advisor) - 302 Bowman (Political Science), Office 43
  • Tatsushi Arai - Merrill 226
  • Elaine Hsiao - McGilvrey 314
  • Sara Koopman - Merrill 226
  • Ashley Nickels - McGilvrey 308
  • Molly Merryman - McGilvrey 314 (away during Fall 2023)
  • Johanna Solomon - Merrill 226 (away during Fall 2023)
  • Courtney Green - Merrill 226
  • Justin (JT) Politzer - Merrill 226
  • Camille Tinnin - Merrill 226
  • Alfred Zoeringre - Merrill 226
Statement on Israel/Palestine by the School of Peace and Conflict Studies We write as faculty and staff of an academic unit created over 50 years ago by Kent State University (KSU) with a mission to research, teach, and advocate for the principles of peaceful change, and whose original degree program began in 1973, the same year as the Yom Kippur War. This is a reminder that the recent violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank has its roots in a deeper history, and that the search for sustainable peace will not be achieved by further perpetuation of violence and militarism. ... Read more >>> 

What's New?

  • New! Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

    New! Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies

    The School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University will be offering a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies starting in Fall 2023.

  • New! Environment, Peace and Justice Minor

    New! Environment, Peace and Justice Minor

    Beginning in Fall 2023, SPCS is offering a new interdisciplinary minor in Environment, Peace & Justice.

  • New! 3+3 Law School Program

    New! 3+3 Law School Program

    The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) major is now part of Kent State’s 3+3 Law School Program, which allows students to complete both their bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years. 

  • NEW! Office Renovation

    NEW! Office Renovation

    The SPCS office space in McGilvrey Hall is being remodeled and expanded during the Fall 2023 semester and is expected to be completed in early 2024.

Famous not only for the violent conflict of May 4th, Kent State is now also well-known for its academic study of peace, constructive conflict management, and the prevention of violence. 


  • SPCS offers a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies, as well as minors in Peace & Conflict Studies, and Environment, Peace & Justice.  Our popular Intro to Conflict Management course fulfills both Kent Core and diversity requirements, and teaches valuable skills for students in any major.

  • At the graduate level SPCS now offers a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies.  SPCS faculty also teach courses in the Conflict Analysis and Management concentration of the graduate program in Political Science.   Peace and Conflict Studies graduate-level courses are also included in the Leading Through Challenge Graduate Certificate program offered by the College of Business.

  • Our alumni are employed in a variety of fields which include mediation, human resources, law, social work and counseling, nonprofit management, social services, government, education and training, community organizing and activism, business, and finance.

  • The May 4th Legacy Scholarship Program  provides four scholarships to be given to students majoring in our Peace and Conflict Studies program, in honor of the four students killed on May 4, 1970. 


  • In July 2023, School of Peace and Conflict Studies faculty and students, as well as other members of the Kent State community and local educators, traveled to Kigali, Rwanda to participate in the “Peace Education in an Era of Crisis” conference.

Contact Us

Email: spcs@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3143
Fax: 330-672-0668

Need help resolving conflict? 
Find Conflict Resolution Services on campus.

The SPCS Listserv sends out periodic emails about jobs, internships, news and events related to conflict management and social change. Sign up to join the listerv.