Barry Hart

Barry Hart

Office Phone: (540) 432-4432


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: MS 104

Barry Hart is a professor of Trauma, Identity and Conflict Studies in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Dr. Hart has conducted workshops on psychosocial trauma recovery and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Burundi and among Rwandan refugees in Tanzania. Hart has lived and worked in the Balkans where he developed and led trauma and conflict transformation programs for schools, communities and religious leaders. Barry was engaged in a three year peacebuilding institute and curriculum development project between EMU and the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland (2008-2011). He holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), George Mason University.


Ph.D., Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
M.Div., Eastern Mennonite Seminary
B.A., University of Maryland


“Dignity in Negotiation: Its Transforming Power.” Handbook of International Negotiation: Interpersonal, Intercultural, and Diplomatic Perspectives. M. Galluccio (ed). Springer 2015.

“Psychosocial peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina: approaches to relational and social change.” Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas." March 2014, Volume 12, Number 1.

“Integrating Principles and Practices of Customary Law, Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice in Somaliland.” African Peace and Conflict Journal, Volume 3 Number 2 December 2010.

“Transforming Conflict: Creating Spaces for Change, in “No Enemy to Conquer—Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World.” Michael Henderson (ed), Baylor University Press. Spring 2009

“Psychosocial Interventions after Large-scale Violence, War and Natural Disaster.” MCC Peace Office News Letter, Spring 2009.

“Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies” (ed.). University Press of America. 2008

“The Role of Hospitality in healing trauma and building peace after acts of violence and war.” Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Web Journal, May/June 2007.

“Moral Foundations for Democracy: A human development programme.” Handbook for Trainers. Second Edition: August 2006. Printed in the UK. (New edition, Spring 2009).

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Articulating the Nexus between peace building and MHPSS towards enhanced inter-sectoral coordination.” Healing Communities, Transforming Society: Exploring the interconnectedness between psycho-social needs, practice and peace building. Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 6-8, 2-15.

“Identity-informed Theories and Methods of Change: Transforming the Tangible and Intangible Aspects of Post-war Conflicts.” A paper prepared for the IPSA World Congress, Madrid, Spain July 2012.

“Dignity and Conflict Transformation,” presentation made at the Human Security Conference in Caux, Switzerland, July 2012.

“Foundations of Peace and Conflict, " a course taught in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies," University of Hargeisa, Somaliland, March-April, 2010.

“Gandhian Principles in Action.” Keynote address to the Global Nonviolence Student Conference, James Madison University. April 16, 2010.

“Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies.” A workshop for Grinnell College faculty members. May 19-22, 2009.

“Trauma Healing and Peacebuilding.” Georgetown University. April 7, 2009

“The Relationship between Traumatic Events and Identity Threats,” and “Sustaining the Care Giver.” Key note presentations given at the MCC Global Conference on Trauma and Community Recovery Capacitiy Building, Salatiga, Indonesia. September 8-13, 2008.

“The Peacebuilding Wheel and Trauma Healing: An integrated model.” JMU Class on Nonviolence. April 9, 2008.

“Conflict Transformation.” Lecture given at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland. March 31, 2008.

“Peacebuilding: An Integrated Model.” Lecture given at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland. March 24, 2008

“Trauma Healing and Reconciliation.” Lecture and workshop for Coptic Orthodox priests. Anafora, Egypt. March 11, 2008

“Trauma Healing and Reconciliation.” Lecture for Coptic Orthodox community. Beni Seuf, Egypt. March 10, 2008

“Trauma Healing” CEOSS workshops. Alexandria, Egypt. March 3-8, 2008.

“Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies: The Peacebuilding Wheel Model.” University of Denver conference on Peacebuilding and Trauma Recovery: Integrated Strategies in Post-war Reconstruction." February 22-24, 2007.

“Peacebuilding in Traumatized Societies: Dealing with Humiliation.” Conference on Humiliation and Peace at Columbia University, December 14-16, 2006.

“The Role of Hospitality in Healing Trauma and Building Peace.” Tools for Change conference in Caux, Switzerland. July 24, 2006.

Church, Community and Professional Service

Member of the Restorative Justice reference committee, Fairfield Center, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 2012

Consultant, process facilitator and workshop presenter for the Human Security conference in Caux Switzerland. July, 2009.

President of the Board of Directors, Community Mediation Center of Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and Greater Augusta (County). Elected April 2007. Term ended April 2008.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Honored for more that 25 years of service to the Community Mediation Center of Harrisonburg, Virginia. October, 2008.

Honored for 15 years of service to Eastern Mennonite University. May 2012.

EMU Service

Member of EMU’s Faculty Senate 2009-2012. Vice-President 2011-2012.

Faculty Senate Graduate representative to the President’s Cabinet 2010-2012.

Member of EMU’s Strategic Planning Council, 2010-2012.

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding representative to EMU’s Graduate Council 2009-2012.