Fred Pearson

Center Director Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
Phone: 313-577-8268


Frederic S. Pearson, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University.  Dr. Pearson is a recognized authority in the fields of International conflict resolution; Intervention In civil conflict; arms trade effects on war; and regional and ethno-political conflict behavior. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and was twice named senior Fulbright research professor (Netherlands and U.K.), having written on arms trade and crisis behavior in both countries.  Among his six books are: Civil Wars: Internal Struggles, Global Consequences (University of Toronto Press, 2009) with Marie Olson Lounsbery; Arms and Warfare: Escalation, De-escalation, Negotiation (1994) with Michael Brzoska); The Global Spread of Arms: Political Economy of International Security (1994), and Arms and Ethnic Conflict with John Sislin (2001). In 2014, Dr. Pearson and Dr. Nahla Hamdan published the book, Arab Approaches To Conflict Resolution: Mediation, Negotiation, and Settlement of Political Disputes  (Routledge).   He was editor for the special issue of the Journal of Peace Research on “Identity-based Disputes and Conflict Management,” no. 3, 2001. He teaches courses and frequently speaks in the community on international conflict, conflict resolution, and global problems.  In 2000 Dr. Pearson was designated a conflict resolution consultant to the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century in Washington.  In 2004 he was honored with both the WSU Graduate Mentor of the Year award and the Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Award for research.


"Conflict Resolution Vs. Peace" Keynote Address at Sustainability Summit Detroit 2015 at Marygrove College: Youtube

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