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Sara Cobb

Director of the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution
Drucie French Cumbie Professor

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  • 703-993-4452 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5078
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Dr. Sara Cobb, (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is the Drucie French Cumbie Professor at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, where she was also the Director for 8 years. In this context she teaches and conducts research on the relationship between narrative and violent conflict; she is also the Director of the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution at the Carter School that provides a hub for scholarship on narrative approaches to conflict analysis and resolution. Formerly, she was the Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and has held positions at a variety of tier one research institutions such as University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Connecticut, and more recently at the University of Amsterdam. She has also consulted to and/or conducted training for a host of public and private organizations, including UN High Commission on Refugees, UNDP, La Caxia Bank, and Exxon, the American Bar Association, Fox Learning Academy as well as a number of universities in Europe and Latin America. Dr. Cobb is widely published. Her book, Speaking of Violence: The Politics and Poetics of Narrative in Conflict Resolution offers a narrative perspective on both conflict analysis and conflict resolution. She has been a leader in the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution studies, conducting research on the practice of neutrality, as well as the production of “turning points” and “critical moments” in negotiation processes. Some of this research is based on case studies from her field research in Guatemala, Chile, Rwanda and the Netherlands. The blend of academic research, program development, and practice enables Dr. Cobb to develop research projects that can yield practical understanding and generate effective interventions.


PhD, Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1988)

MEd, Counseling, University of Puget Sound (1980)

BA, English (Honors), Albertus Magnus College (1973)

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Faculty Rank: Professor

Honors & Awards

Psychotherapy with Women Award, American Psychological Association

August 1, 1995

Professional Affiliations

Member of Global Advisory Board at Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
Associate at The Taos Institute

Taos Institute
Honorary Fellow at The American College of Civil Trial Mediators

American College of Civil Trial Mediators

Media Appearance

ABC 7 News The ISIS Narrative: A long term strategy for peace

November 23, 2015

Medium Dr. Sara Cobb and the Narrative Practice

November 11, 2015

In the News

12th Annual Communication and Social Action Conference to ‘Reframe Blame’ Next Week

Published on March 15, 2011

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Washington Post Features ICAR Director Sara Cobb and Point of View

Published on November 15, 2017

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