Karina V. Korostelina is a Professor and Director of Peace Lab on Reconciling Conflicts and Intergroup Divisions and of the Program on History, Memory, and Conflict at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, GMU. 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, nationalism, the nation building processes, 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, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Writing Fellow, and a fellow at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She also has been awarded a number of residential fellowships, including 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 40 grants from: the MacArthur Foundation, Luce Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Rockefeller foundation, Ebert Foundation, Northeast Asia History Foundation, Soros Foundation (Research Support Scheme, Managing Multicultural Communities Project, Renaissance Foundation), the United State Institute of Peace, US National Academy of Education, National Endowment for Humanities, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of USDS, INTAS, IREX, Eckert Institute, and Council of Europe. She is an author of numerous articles and 16 books, including Neighborhood Resilience and Urban Conflict (2021), Trump Effect (2016), International Insult: How Offence Contributes to Conflict (2014), Constructing Narrative of Identity and Power (2013), History Education in the Formation of Social Identity (2013), Why they die? (2012), The Social Identity and Conflict (2007). Among her edited books are: History Can Bite - History Education in Divided and Post-War Societies (2016), History Education and Post-Conflict Reconciliation (2013), Forming a Culture of Peace (2012), Civilians and Modern War (2012), Identity, Morality and Threat (2006).
Dr. Korostelina is frequently invited to give a keynote speech and present results of her research to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. She has given 79 talks to academic and policy- oriented institutions, think tanks, government and non-government organizations, and international bodies. She provides consultations to USAID, US State Department, US Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the World Bank, OSCE, and the Council of Europe. Dr. Korostelina also presented her research at 97 conferences and served as an organizer or convener of 17 conferences.