Janet Gerson



Janet C. Gerson is the recipient of the 2018 HumanDHS Lifetime Award. She is the Education Director of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE), and former Co-Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City (2001- 2010). She has collaborated with the Morton Deutsch International Center on Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) since 1996, including Morton Deutsch's last project on Global Community and Evelin Lindner’s first conference held there in 2003.

As a Board Member of HumanDHS, she co-hosts Dignity Now circles in New York City, initiated by Michael Britten with Judit Révész and Chipamong Chowdhury.

Specializing in peace education and peace scholarship, she works internationally as a consultant, program designer, mediator, presenter and educator. A political theorist and peace educator, her research focuses are democratizing justice, public deliberation, creativity and conflict processes, and peace pedagogy. With IIPE, she has worked in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, South Korea, Japan, India, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Lebanon, and Israel.  She has served as a consultant for the UN University of Peace in Costa Rica, UNIFEM, Community-based Institutes on Peace Education (CIPE), and the Global Campaign on Peace Education (GCPE). She organized and ran a month-long training for the Afghan Institute of Learning at Teachers College, Columbia University.

She has been a facilitator and associate member of TOPLAB, Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory of New York since 1997. Her research interests are tribunals, public deliberation, conflict approaches, coalitional processes, Theater of the Oppressed, and peace education pedagogy.

She received the 2014 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Award for her dissertation Public Deliberation on Global Justice: The World Tribunal on Iraq

Her publications include contributions to In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, she has contributed to The Handbook of Conflict Resolution (Coleman, Deutsch & Marcus 2006), GCPE Newsletter, Learning to Abolish War: Teaching toward a Culture of Peace  (B. Reardon & A. Cabezudo; Hague Appeal for Peace, 2001), Theory into Practice, Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, and Holistic Education. She is on the Editorial Board of In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice.

• 3 Storytelling videos:
– December 12, 2019: (1) About Relationships, (2) Janet Gerson's Lifepath and Insights, (3) David Tribich's Lifepath and Insights. Evelin Lindner did the recording.

Climate Catastrophe and Political Discourse (Video), contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7–8, 2017.

- Bullying: Nuclear, Presidential, Patriarchial (2016) (Video)

Reflective Inquiry as a Pedagogy for Dignity and Inclusion, paper contributed to the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 4–5, 2014.

Democratizing Justice: The World Tribunal on Iraq, In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, 7 (2, 2013), pp. 86–112.

IIPE, The World Tribunal on Iraq, and Transcending a Century of Worldwide Wars (2013) (Pdf)