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Sandra Cheldelin

Professor Emerita of Conflict Resolution

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Sandra I. Cheldelin is Professor Emerita and former recipient of the Vernon and Minnie Lynch Chair of Conflict Resolution.  She has held faculty and administrative appointments, including Director (1999-2001) and PhD Program Director (2009-2015) at the Carter School, Provost at the McGregor School of Antioch University, and Academic Dean at the California School of Professional Psychology (Berkeley).  She is a master practitioner with more than four decades of intervention experience in 150 communities and organizations, and has facilitated large-scale community dialogues on issues of fear, suspicion, and violence.  She continues her work as an intervener on issues of conflict, race, and gender.  Her practice is global—14 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Dr. Cheldelin is also widely published. Her most recent gender-based research focuses on post-conflict peace and security efforts.  She led an international team of scholars’ critical analyses of gender and empowerment approaches (see Deconstructing Women, Peace and Security).  That research followed her earlier documentation of women’s roles in conflict and post-conflict reconstruction (see Women Waging War and Peace). 


EdD, Psychological Foundations of Education, University of Florida (1976)

MEd, Psychological Foundations of Education, University of Florida (1971)

BS, Sociology, Oregon State University (1969)

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Faculty Rank: Professor


  • Building Stakeholder Consensus for Involuntary Inpatient Services: A Collaborative Project with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, $23,870.
  • Religion and Education in Tajikistan: Toward Tolerant Civic Society, from the State Department, $199,991.
  • Collaboration in Public-Private Partnerships from the Department of Homeland Security, $119,000.
  • Collaborative Mechanisms for Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) from the United States Department of Homeland Security National Capital Region Project, $46,700.
  • Tbilisi State University/George Mason University Partnership from the State Department, $301,321.
  • National Taurida Vernadsky University/George Mason University Partnership, from the State Department, $600,000.
  • After September 11: Building Community Resilience through Dialogue and Understanding Immigration. Subcontracted with Fairfax County of Virginia, funded by FEMA, $88,765.
  • After September 11: Building Community Resilience through Dialogue with Adolescents, subcontracted with Loudoun County of Virginia, funded by FEMA, $18,488.
  • Building Community Resilience through Dialogue, funded by the Freddie Mac Community Foundation, $100,000.

Honors & Awards

Former Washington Intern Program, Education Policy Fellow

January 1, 1977

Professional Affiliations

Board Member of CRInfo

She was a Board Member of CRInfo, Boulder, Colorado, 2003-2004.

The Conflict Resolution Information Source

Media Appearance

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Sandra Cheldelin on the Virginia Tech Review Panel Report

September 14, 2007

In the News

Turning Training into Action: Mason Students Analyze a Conflict in Brazil

Published on July 14, 2014

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Bullies, Jerks and Weasels

Published on July 6, 2009

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Presentations & Performances

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

Apr 11 2012 | Arlington Truland Building

The Role of Higher Education in Solving Global Problems

Mar 24 2012 | Mason Global Problem Solving Consortium

Constructive Engagement of Conflict

Mar 23 2012 | George Mason University