Karina Korostelina

Karina V. Korostelina is a Professor and Director of the Program on History, Memory, and Conflict at the Carter School for Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution. 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, and conflict resolution and peacebuilding in post-conflict societies; (2) reconciliation and bridging societal divisions; (3) the role of history in conflict and post-conflict societies; and (4) resilience in communities affected by chronic conflict and violence.

Dr. Korostelina has been a Fulbright New Century Scholar, 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 a number of residential fellowships, including the 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 42 grants from sponsors including the MacArthur Foundation, the Luce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ebert Foundation, the Northeast Asia History Foundation, the Soros Foundation (Research Support Scheme, Managing Multicultural Communities Project, Renaissance Foundation), the United State Institute of Peace, the National Academy of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, INTAS, IREX, the Eckert Institute, and the 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 the results of her research to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. She has given 75 talks to academic and policy- oriented institutions, think tanks, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and international bodies. She provides consultations to USAID, the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the World Bank, OSCE, and the Council of Europe. Dr. Korostelina has presented her research at 85 conferences and served as an organizer or convener of 10 conferences.