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Landon Hancock

Associate Professor
Landon Hancock teaches courses for both the Center for Applied Conflict Management and the Department of Political Science. His main area of focus is the role of ethnicity and identity in conflict generation, dynamics and resolution. This is coupled with an interest in grassroots peacebuilding, zones of peace and the role of agency in the success or failure of peacebuilding efforts.


Recent publications include articles in Ethnopolitics, Peace & Change, Irish Political Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and Journal of Peace Education. He is co-editor (with Christopher Mitchell) of two volumes, Zones of Peace (2007) and Local Peacebuilding and National Peace (2012). His research is focused on identity-driven conflict, from the reasons for its inception and outbreak to its resolution and to periods of post-conflict peacebuilding and transitional justice.


Dr. Hancock was awarded a Peace Scholar fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace for his dissertation, Peace from the People: Identity Salience and the Northern Irish Peace Process. He was also a summer fellow at the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania and a research fellow at RESOLVE, Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Research and Education.


Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Hancock taught courses at the University of Baltimore's Center for Negotiations and Conflict Management; American University's Washington Semester Program; and George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, New Century College and Department of Sociology.


Ph.D., Conflict Analysis & Resolution, The Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University, 2003
M.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University, 1997
B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University, 1991

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities



  • Local Peacebuilding and National Peace. Co-editor (with Christopher R. Mitchell). London, New York: Continuum Publishing. 2012.  

  • Zones of Peace: Local Conflict Mitigation and Peacebuilding in the Midst of Civil Violence. Co-editor (with Christopher R. Mitchell). Bloomfield, CT. Kumarian Press. 2007.  

Journal Articles

  • “Transitional Justice and the Consultative Group: Facing the Past or Forcing the Future?” Ethnopolitics. 10, no. 3. 2011.

  • Who’s Truth, Who’s Justice? Religious and Cultural Traditions in Transitional Justice” (with Aysegul Keskin-Zeren) Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace. 4, no. 1. 2011. 

  • “Prospect Theory and the Failure to Sell the Oslo Accords” (with Joshua N. Weiss) Peace & Change 36, no. 3, 427-452. 2011.

  • Culture and Procedural Justice in Transitioning Societies” (with Tamra Pearson d’Estrée) Peace and Conflict Studies 18, no. 1. 2011.

  • "Prospect Theory and the Framing of the Good Friday Agreement." (with Joshua N. Weiss & Glen M.E. Duerr) Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 28, no. 2, 183-203. 2011.

  • "There is No Alternative. Prospect Theory, the Yes Campaign and the Selling of the Good Friday Agreement." Irish Political Studies. 26, no. 1, 95-116. 2011.

  • "Mainstreaming Peace and Conflict Studies: Designing Introductory Courses to Fit Liberal Arts Education Requirement." (with Patrick G. Coy) Journal of Peace Education. 7, no. 2, 205-219. 2010.

  • "The Northern Irish Peace Process: From Top to Bottom." International Studies Review, 10, 203-238. 2008.

  • "To Act or to Wait: A Two Stage View of Ripeness." International Studies Perspectives. Vol. 2, No. 2 (May), pp. 195-205. 2001.

  • "The Indo-Sri Lankan Accord: An Analysis of Conflict Termination." Civil Wars. Vol. 2, No. 4 (Winter), pp. 83-105. 1999.

  • "The Patterns of Ethnic Conflict." Ethnos-nation. Vol. 6, Nos. 1-2. 1998.

Book Chapters

  • "Ethnic Identities and Boundaries: Anthropological, Psychological and Sociological Approaches" in The International Studies Association Compendium. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Inc. 2010.

  • "Significant Events in the Northern Irish Peace Process: Impact and Implementation." In From Power Sharing to Democracy: Post Conflict Institutions in Politically Divided Societies. Ed. S. Noel. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. 2005.

  • "The Pecos River Case: Sharing a Resource Among Old Rivals." In Braving the Currents: Evaluating Environmental Conflict Resolution in the American West. Eds. Tamra Pearson d'Estree and Bonnie G. Colby. Norwell, MA: Kluwer, 2004 (with Annette Hanada).


  • "Zones of Peace." In The International Encyclopedia of Peace. Edited by Nigel Young. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

  • "Pushing for Peace and Stability: Some Comments on Colin Irwin's Polls." Forum: Northern Ireland in The Global Review of Ethnopolitics. Vol. 2, Nos. 3-4, pp. 83-84. 2003.

  • Soldier, Scientist, Diplomat, Mediator: The Multi-Disciplinary Context of Conflict Resolution. Co-editor (with others). Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Fairfax, VA. 1999.

  • "Northern Ireland: Troubles Brewing." Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland. UK. 1998. Available at:

Research Areas
  • Interaction between identity conflicts and peacemaking
  • Indigenous and local peace processes
  • Social conflict and development
  • Comparative analyses of the generation and resolution of ethnic conflicts

Member of the International Studies Association

Landon Hancock
Center for Applied Conflict Management
Department of Political Science
Bowman Hall 321 D

Spring 2015
MW 10:30-11:30 am
T 9:00-11:00 am
R 12:30-1:30 pm
and by appointment

Phone: 330-672-0904