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Solon Simmons

Associate Professor at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

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  • 703-993-3781 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5104
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Solon Simmons is an Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University with a Ph.D. in sociology. He is the author of The Eclipse of Equality: Arguing America on Meet the Press (Stanford University Press, 2013) and Professors and their Politics with Neil Gross (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). His current work on peace and conflict resolution combines Weberian institutional theory, with critical social philosophy, bringing in insights from semiotics and narrative analysis. His most recent book is entitled, Root Narrative Theory and Conflict Resolution; Power, Justice and Values, which provides researchers and practitioners tool grounded in cutting edge approaches to narrative and conflict. Root Narrative Theory is useful for capturing the moral and intellectual bases of radical disagreement, fostering a sense of radical curiosity, and helping parties to pursue deeper mutual understandings. Solon served as interim dean for the Carter School in 2013, and Vice President for Global Strategy for George Mason from 2014-2017, and he teaches classes on conflict theory, narrative, media, discourse and conflict, human rights, quantitative and qualitative methodology, global conflict, and critical theory.


PhD, Sociology , University of Wisconsin-Madison

MA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA, History, University of Chicago

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

Media Appearance

CTV News Highlights from Day 2 of the DNC

July 26, 2016

CTV News Solon Simmons with George Mason University weighs in on the crucial New York primaries taking place today

April 19, 2016

Al Jazeera US immigration: Will Obama win?

November 16, 2014

In the News

A New (Old) Narrative for the Left

Published on January 19, 2017

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Mason’s Global Problem Solving Consortium in National Spotlight

Published on November 21, 2014

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Presentations & Performances

Brown Bag Lecture - Spreading Democracy around the World: A World Made Safe for Private Enterprise

Sep 1 2012 | Fairfax Campus SUB II

Dissertation Defense -- The Impact of Gender Mainstreaming on Men: The Case of Liberia

Apr 11 2012 | Arlington Truland Building

Dissertation Proposal Defense - Irene Turner

Jan 25 2017 | Fairfax Johnson Center