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Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, Graduate Studies, Oral History, Mediation


Higher Education | Peace and Conflict Studies


Rob Gould was interviewed by Alexandra Ibarra on May 18, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Also participating in this interview are Patricia Schechter and Liza Schade.

In this interview, Gould recalls the origins of Conflict Resolution and peace studies at Portland State, relating the development of the program to changing cultural and political currents beginning in the 1960s, and rising interest in solutions and alternatives to conflict at all levels of interaction. He discusses the challenges the program faced as a fledgling department and as it grew, involving funding, collaboration with the University of Oregon and community organizations for peace, and cultural perceptions of peace studies at the time of the program's founding following the Gulf War. He celebrates the program's successes, integrity, and longevity.


Rob Gould is the co-founder of the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University, which began as a graduate program in 1996.


This interview is part of a series of oral histories given by former and current faculty members in the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University. In spring 2020, public history students at PSU undertook this research as the program celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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Interview with Rob Gould