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Susan Opotow

Susan Opotow

Susan Opotow is a social and organizational psychologist. Her work examines the intersection of conflict, justice, and identity as they give rise to moral exclusion -- seeing others as outside the scope of justice and as eligible targets of discrimination, exploitation, hate, or violence. She studies moral exclusion and moral inclusion in such everyday contexts as schooling, environmental and public policy conflict, and in more violent contexts, such as deadly wars and the post-war period. She has guest edited The Journal of Social Issues and Social Justice Research and co-edited Identity and the Natural Environment: The Psychological Significance of Nature (MIT Press, 2003). She is associate editor of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology and Past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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Journal Articles:

  • Opotow, S. (in press). “Not so much as place to lay our head…”: Moral inclusion and exclusion in the American Civil War Reconstruction. Social Justice Research.
  • Fallis, R. K., & Opotow, S. (2003). Are students failing school or are schools failing students? Class cutting in high school. Journal of Social Issues, 59(1), 103-119.
  • Honoroff, B., & Opotow, S. (2007). Mediation ethics: A grounded approach. Negotiation Journal, 23(2), 155-172.
  • Opotow, S. (2006). Rationalities and levels of analysis in complex social issues: The examples of school overcrowding and poverty. Social Justice Research, 19(1), 135-150.
  • Opotow, S., Gerson, J., & Woodside, S. (2005). From moral exclusion to moral inclusion: Theory for teaching peace. Theory Into Practice, 44(4).
  • Opotow, S., & Khaminwa, A. N. (2002). On the battlefield. [Review of the book, War and gender: How gender shapes the war system and vice versa by J. Goldstein, Cambridge University Press]. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26(4), 381-382.
  • Opotow, S., & McClelland, S. I. (2007). The intensification of hating: A theory. Social Justice Research, 20(1), 68-97.
  • Opotow, S. Seeking inclusion and pluralism: Two exploratory studies. Peace and Conflict, 12(4), 349-366.

Other Publications:

  • Opotow, S. (2006). Aggression and violence. In M. Deutsch, P. Coleman, & E. Marcus (Eds.), Handbook of conflict resolution: Theory and practice (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Opotow, S. (2005). Hate, conflict, and moral exclusion. In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), The psychology of hate. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Opotow, S. (2004). Conflict and morals. In T. A. Thorkildsen, J. Manning, & H. J. Manning (Eds.), Nurturing morality. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
  • Opotow, S. (2002). The psychology of impunity and injustice: Implications for social reconciliation. In M. C. Bassiouni (Ed.), Post conflict justice. Ardsley, NY: Transnational Press.
  • Opotow, S., & Brook, A. (2003) Identity and exclusion in rangeland conflict. In S. Clayton & S. Opotow (Eds.), Identity and the natural environment: The psychological significance of nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Conflict, Organizations, and Systems
  • Ethical, Professional, and Policy Issues in Dispute Resolution
  • Human and Moral Dimensions of Environmental Conflict
  • Moral Exclusion/Inclusion: Culture, Conflict, and Justice
  • Sociology of Conflict
  • Theories of Conflict, Human Dynamics, and Dispute Resolution
  • Women and Conflict

Susan Opotow
Department of Sociology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, New York 10019
United States

  • Phone: (212) 237-8002
  • Fax: (212) 237-8941

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