Bruce W. Dayton

Executive Director, CONTACT
Chair, Diplomacy and International Relations
Chair, Peace and Justice Leadership

Courses Taught This Semester

Field Seminar: Peace & Justice S Africa

Independent Study

Leadership and Change


PhD, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
MA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
BA, Ithaca College

Bruce W. Dayton
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Dr. Bruce W. Dayton has been active in conflict transformation, crisis management, and leadership training for over 20 years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. In addition to his books, he has published articles on conflict, crisis management, and leadership in the Negotiation JournalInternational Studies PerspectivesJournal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, and International Studies Review.

Bruce has provided training on dispute resolution, conflict management, and crisis management to leaders in more than a dozen countries. His previous appointments include associate director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; research co-director at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Collaboration and Conflicts; and research professor, all at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also previously served as executive director of the International Society for Political Psychology and as an associate at the Center for Policy Negotiation in Boston, where he designed and facilitated multi-stakeholder dialogues around energy and environmental conflicts.

Selected Publications:

  • Dayton, Bruce W. and Louis Kriesberg (eds.) (2017). Waging Conflicts Constructively: Principles, Cases and Practice. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield
  • Kriesberg, Louis and Bruce W. Dayton (2017). Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution5th Edition. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Dayton, Bruce W. and Louis Kriesberg (eds.) (2009). Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: Moving From Violence to Sustainable Peace. London: Routledge.

Research interests

Peacebuilding, mediation, dialogue, crisis management, leadership

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