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Karina Korostelina

Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

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  • 703-993-1304 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5072
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Karina V. Korostelina is a Professor and Director of the Program on Prevention of Mass Violence and the Program on History, Memory, and Conflict at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, GMU. Professor Korostelina is a social psychologist whose work focuses on social identity and dynamics of identity and power in protracted social conflicts. Within this theoretical framework, she conducts research in several areas: (1) social identity and identity-based conflicts, including mass violence and civilian devastation, the nation-building processes, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in post-conflict societies; (2) the role of history in conflict and post-conflict societies and reconciliation; and (3) resilience in communities affected by chronic conflict and violence and critical infrastructure resilience.

Dr. Korostelina has been a Fulbright New Century Scholar, a fellow at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Writing Fellow. She also has been awarded several residential fellowships, including Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship at the National University of Singapore, the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Waseda University, Japan, the Northeast Asia History Foundation, the Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, and the Curriculum Resource Center of the Central European University. 

She has received 40 grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Luce Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Rockefeller foundation, Ebert Foundation, Northeast Asia History Foundation, Soros Foundation (Research Support Scheme, Managing Multicultural Communities Project, Renaissance Foundation), the United State Institute of Peace, US National Academy of Education, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of USDS, INTAS, IREX, Eckert Institute, and Council of Europe. She is an author or editor of 16 books and numerous articles.

Dr. Korostelina is frequently invited to give keynote speeches and present results of her research to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. She has given 73 talks to academic and policy-oriented institutions, think tanks, government and non-government organizations, and international bodies. She provides consultations to USAID, US State Department, US Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the World Bank, OSCE, and the Council of Europe. Dr. Korostelina also presented her research at 83 conferences and served as an organizer or convener of 9 conferences.


DSc, Social Psychology, National Academy of Science Institute of Psychology (2003)

PhD, Psychology, Odessa State University (1994)

MA, Psychology, National Kiev University (1991)

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Faculty Rank: Professor

Selected Publications

Honors & Awards

Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship - “Collective memories and symbolic boundaries in North-East Asia", University of Singapore, Singapore, 2020

POSCO Visiting Fellowship, East-West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2019

Principle Investigator - “Interethnic dialogue in Ukraine", U.S. State Department, Embassy in Ukraine, 2019

Fellowship - “Historic Representations and Perspectives on Japanese-Korean reconciliation”, Institute for Advanced Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 2018

Bellagio Academic Writing Residency - “Neighborhood resilience", Rockefeller Foundationy, Bellagio, Italy, 2017

Fellowship - “Reconciliation in Northeast Asia: The social identity approach” , Northeast Asia History Foundation, Seoul, South Korea, 2015

Principle Investigator - “History Teachers as Agents of Nation Building”, Spencer Foundation, 2012

Professional Affiliations

Member of Global Advisory Board at Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

International Peace Research Association

Media Appearance

C-SPAN Book Discussion on "Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict"

December 17, 2014

In the News

Mason experts explain how ISIS attacks are recruitment tools

Published on November 30, 2015

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Karina V. Korostelina's "Political Insults"

Published on June 20, 2014

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Q&A with Karyna Korostelina: 'History Education in the Formation of Social Identity'

Published on April 2, 2014

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For Mason Conflict Professor, Unrest in Ukraine Is Personal

Published on February 5, 2014

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Orange Revolution in Ukraine: Inspiration of Disillusionment?

Published on August 2, 2011

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Presentations & Performances

Identity-based approach to reconciliation

March 3-4, 2020 | Reconsidering reconciliation studies, Waseda University

Dynamics of identity and power in nation building

January 16, 2020 | Faculty of Arts and Social sciences Research Division seminar, National University of Singapore

Identity-Based research framework for tolerance

October 9-10, 2019 | GCTP symposium “ Academic Trends in Higher Education for Tolerance”, Malta