Peace Studies and Peace Science

Field Description

The minor graduate field of peace studies and peace science provides interdisciplinary opportunities for graduate students pursuing research degrees to deepen their knowledge of international security, the structure and function of multinational systems, and the general areas of conflict analysis, conflict management, and conflict resolution. The peace science concentration emphasizes mathematical modeling and game-theoretic models, while the peace studies concentration emphasizes historical, institutional, and policy-oriented approaches. The minor concentrations are intended to complement basic study in such fields as government, history, anthropology, industrial and labor relations, agricultural economics, city and regional planning, civil and environmental engineering, economics, operations research, psychology, sociology, and science and technology studies. Please note that professional degree students are unable to obtain a minor; only students completing research degrees can obtain a minor.

Requirements: Students should include at least one member of the minor field on their special committee and specify the concentration represented by that committee member (either peace studies or peace science). The committee member representing the peace studies concentration is then responsible for ensuring that the student’s research demonstrates an understanding of peace studies or peace science, as discussed in the Graduate School Code of Legislation. That committee member also certifies that the student completes at least two semesters of the Proseminar in Peace Studies (GOVT/HIST/STS 7937), a two-credit course typically offered each semester of the regular academic year. As described in the Courses of Study catalog, the Proseminar in Peace Studies offers a multidisciplinary review of issues related to peace and conflict at the graduate level. The course is led by the director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and is based on the Institute's weekly seminar series, featuring outside visitors and Cornell faculty. 

Note that each member of a student’s committee can represent only one concentration for that particular committee. Hence, an advisor cannot represent the peace studies or peace science concentration on a student’s committee while simultaneously representing a different concentration on the committee (for example, the international relations concentration within the government major), even though the advisor may be a member of both fields and concentrations. In such cases, students may add additional committee members to specifically represent the peace studies or peace science concentration.

Contact Information

Website: http://pacs.einaudi.cornell.edu/academics
Email: pacs@einaudi.cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-6484

130 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Peace Science

  • peace science (minor)

Peace Studies

  • peace studies (minor)

Faculty

Mabel M. Berezin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: culture; political sociology; comparative historical methods; political communication; comparative politics of Europe

Debra Ann Castillo

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: contemporary narrative from the Spanish-speaking world (including the United States); gender studies; cultural theory

Matthew Anthony Evangelista

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: international and transnational relations; secessionist conflict; gender and militarization; Russia

Sanjiv (Ravi) Kanbur

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: economic development; global economy; conflict management

Karim-Aly S. Kassam

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: biocultural diversity; climate change; human ecology; indigenous knowledge; socio-ecologyical change in Arctic and Central Asia pluralism

Peter Joachim Katzenstein

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: international relations and comparative politics

Sarah Kreps

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: international relations, security and law; nuclear proliferation; peacekeeping operations

Odette Lienau

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: international economic law; international law and international relations; sovereignty; bankruptcy

Muna Baron Ndulo

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: governance; constitutional design; human rights; elections; peacekeeping and international law; foreign direct investment

Jens D. Ohlin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: public international law; international criminal law; law of war

Aziz F. Rana

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: constitutional law; political theory; colonial and post-colonial studies; immigration; national security

Judith Voris Reppy

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Peace Science: peace science; Peace Studies: peace studies

Rebecca Slayton

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies

Barry Stuart Strauss

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: history of war; military sociology; strategy

Steven Michael Ward

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Science: peace science; Peace Studies: peace studies

Christopher Robert Way

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Peace Studies: peace studies
  • Research Interests: international relations and political economy