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 dynamics of social identity and power in protracted social conflicts. Within this theoretical framework, she conducts research in several areas: (1) 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 conducted comparative research and single case studies in Armenia, Brazil, Georgia, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S.
She has received 46 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 or editor of 16 books and numerous articles.
Dr. Korostelina is frequently invited to give a keynote speech and present results of her research to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. She has given 83 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, Civil Peace Service (GIS), and the Council of Europe. Dr. Korostelina also presented her research at 97 conferences and served as an organizer or convener of 17 conferences.
Book Series Editorships:
“Ethnic Conflict: Studies in Nationality, Race and Culture,” University of Michigan Press (since 2018)
Edited special issues of journals:
(2007) (Editor together with D. Sandole). Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Central Asia: Dimensions and Challenges.Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2
Articles in peer reviews journals:
(2023) Production of the meaning of justice in the aftermath of war in Sudan, Peace and Conflict, (in review)
(2023) Roadblocks to Broadband in Native American Tribes: A critical Resilience approach, Policy & Internet (in review)
(2023) Exploring the Role of Social Norms in the Production of Intergroup Boundaries & Threats, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (in review)
(2023) Construction of social boundaries and the politics of differences with Armenia in Azerbaijani Newspapers, Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis (in the course of publication)
(2023) Living Through War: An oral history of civilians experiencing violence in Sudan, Conflict Resolution Quarterly (in the course of publication)
(2022) (with Jocelyn Barrett). Challenges and Policy Implication of Bridging the Digital Divide for Native American Tribes: A Community Resilience Approach, Journal of Rural Studies (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2022.09.013
(2021) (with Yuji Uesugi) Impact of Symbolic Boundaries on perceptions of relations between Japan and South Korea, National Identities, 23 (2), pp. 185-204
(2020) National Resilience to Protracted Violence in Ukraine, Peace and Conflict Studies, 27 (2) , Article 4. Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol27/iss2/4
(2020) (with Yuji Uesugi) Japanese Perspective on Korean Reunification: An Analysis of Interrelations between Social Identity and Power, Asian International Studies Review , 21 (1), pp. 47-71
(2019) (with Yuji Uesugi) Perception of Korean Reunification among Japanese Experts: The Collective Frame Approach, In WIAS Research Bulletin, 11, pp.5-16
(2019) The normative function of national historical narratives: South Korea perceptions of relations with Japan. In National Identities, 21(2), pp. 171-189.
(2019) National resilience to protracted violence in Ukraine, Baltic Rim Economies 1, https://sites.utu.fi/bre/national-resilience-to-protracted-violence-in-ukraine/
(2017) Contact, perceptions of threat, and assessment of migration policies in Malta (with Lynette Camilleri). In The Journal of Identity and Migration Studies, 11 (2), p.2-22
(2015) Reproduction of conflict and intergroup prejudice in history teaching in Ukraine: A Social Identity Theory Analysis, In: Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 15(3), pp. 221-240
(2015) Crimean Tatars From Mass Deportation to Hardships in Occupied Crimea, In: Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 9 (1), pp. 33-47
(2014) Conflict of National Narratives of Ukraine: Euromaidan and Beyond, In: Die Friedens-Warte: Journal of international Peace and Organizations, 1-2, pp.269-290
(2014) Intergroup Identity Insults: A Social Identity Theory Perspective. In Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research,14 (3), pp.214-229
(2013) Constructing nation: national narratives of history teachers in Ukraine. In National Identities, 15(4), pp. 401-416
(2013) Mapping national identity narratives in Ukraine. In Nationalities Papers, 41 (2), pp. 293-315
(2013) Ukraine twenty years after independence: concept models of the society. In Communist and Post-Communist Studies 46 ( 1), pp. 53–64
(2013) Identity and power in Ukraine, Journal of Eurasian Studies,4 (1), pp: 34–46
(2011) Orange Revolution in Ukraine: Inspiration of Disillusionment? Global Studies Review 7(2).
(2011) Shaping Unpredictable Past: National Identity and History Education in Ukraine. National Identities 13 (1), pp.1-16
(2009) (with Oren, N. and D. Rothbart) Israeli Leaders’ Deliberations over Striking Civilian Targets During the Lebanon War: A Social Psychological Analysis. In Peace and Conflict 15 (3), pp.281 - 303
(2008) Concepts of national Identity and the Readiness for Conflict Behavior. National Identities 2, pp.207-223.
(2008) History Education and Social Identity. Identity: An International Journal for Theory and Research 8(1), pp. 25 – 45.
(2008) Identity, autonomy and conflict in republics of Russia and Ukraine. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1, pp.1-13.
(2007) The system of social identities in Tajikistan: Early warning and conflict prevention. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2, pp. 123-127
(2007) Introduction: Conflicts in Central Asia. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2, pp.223-238
(2004) The Impact of National Identity on Conflict Behavior: Comparative Analysis of Two Ethnic Minorities in Crimea. International Journal of Comparative sociology 3-4, pp. 213-230
(2003) The Multiethnic State-Building Dilemma: National and Ethnic Minorities’ Identities in the Crimea. National Identities 5 (2), pp. 141-159
(2001) Identity-based training as a new psychological approach in peace education. Nauka i Osvita (Science and Education) 6, pp. 59-64
(2000) Peace Building in Multiethnic Crimea. Give &Take: A Journal on Civil Society in Eurasia 3(1), pp. 26-27
(2000) The Social – Psychological Roots of the Ethnic Problems in Crimea, Democratizatsiya 8 (2), pp. 219-231
(2000) Crimean Psychologists Investigate Multi - Ethnic Conflict and Social Change. Psychology International: Journal of American Psychological Association Office of International Affairs 11 (2), pp.1-3
(2022) Pherali, T., Blair, C., Korostelina, K.V., Macintyre, T., Chakraborty, A. and Ogunniran, M.O. (2022) ‘From perpetrator to peacebuilder: rethinking education in conflict-affected societies’ in Vickers, E.A., Pugh, K. and Gupta, L. (eds.) Education and context in Reimagining education: The International Science and Evidence Based Education Assessment [Duraiappah, A.K., Atteveldt, N.M. van et al. (eds.)]. New Delhi: UNESCO MGIEP. https://d1c337161ud3pr.cloudfront.net/files%2Ff94c3864-fdbe-4ee7-886a-9bddfd1572fc_ISEEAssessment%20WG2.pdf
(2022) Wals, A., Pinar, W., Macintyre, T., Chakraborty, A., Johnson-Mardones, D.,Waghid, Y., Tusiime, M., Le Grange, L. LL, Razak, D.A., Accioly, I., Xu, Y., Humphrey, N., Iyengar, R., Chaves, M., Herring, E., Vickers, E.A., Santamaria, R.D.P., Korostelina, K.V. and Pherali, T. (2022) ‘Curriculum and pedagogy in a changing world’ in Vickers, E.A., Pugh, K. and Gupta, L. (eds.) Education and context in Reimagining education: The International Science and Evidence Based Education Assessment [Duraiappah, A.K., Atteveldt, N.M. van et al. (eds.)]. New Delhi: UNESCO MGIEP. https://d1c337161ud3pr.cloudfront.net/files%2Ff94c3864-fdbe-4ee7-886a-9bddfd1572fc_ISEEAssessment%20WG2.pdf
(2021) An Identity-Based Conceptional Framework for the Assessment of Tolerance in Education Curricula. In Paths to a Culture of Tolerance and Peace, Basma EL Zein and Ahmed Al Jarwan (Eds), Gistrup, Denmark: River Publishers, pp.49-82 https://www.riverpublishers.com/pdf/ebook/chapter/RP_9788770222075C4.pdf
(2021) Covid -19 and Nationalism. In Conflict Resolution After the Pandemic. Rubenstein R. and S. Simmons (eds). New York, NY: Routledge, pp.51-60
(2020) (with Benedicto, K.) Understanding reconciliation in Nagorno- Karabakh conflict in the Leiner’s framework of reconciliation practices, In Reconciliation, Ethics, Religion, Francesco Ferrari, Davide Tacchini, Binyamin Gurstein (eds.), Festschrift, pp. 83-118.
(2020) Identity-based approach to community resilience, In Realizing Nonviolent Resilience: Neoliberalism, Societal Trauma, and Marginalized Voice, Jeremy A. Rinker, Jerry T. Lawler (Eds), Peter Lang Publishers.
(2020) Common history textbooks as a tool of preventing mass atrocities. In Historical Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, Elazar Barkan, Constantin Goschler, James E. Waller (Eds), Routledge, pp.109-130
(2019) Understanding Values of Cultural Heritage within the Framework of Social
Identity Conflicts. In Values in Heritage Management: Emerging Approaches and Research Directions, Ed. by Erica Avrami, Susan Macdonald, Randall Mason, and David Myers, Los Angeles, CA: The Getty Conservation Institute, pp.82-95
(2018) Reconciliation in Ukraine: within and across the boundary. In Gardner L. (ed). Societies in Transition. The Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe between Conflict and Reconciliation, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , pp.105-130
(2017) Insulter Trump: A Bonus for his Followers? In Mari Fitzduff (ed) Why Irrational Politics Appeals, Praeger, pp.153-170.
(2017) Constructing Identity and Power in History Education in Ukraine: Approaches to Formation of Peace Culture. In M. Carretero, S. Berger, and M. Grever (Eds) Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education,Palgrave, pp.311-330
(2016) History Education in the Midst of Post-Conflict Recovery: Lessons Learned. In History Can Bite - History Education in Divided and Post-War Societies. D. Bentrovato, M. Schulze, K. Korostelina, (Eds) V&R Unipress, pp. 289-310
(2014) Legitimizing authoritarian regime: dynamics of history education in independent Russia. In Williams, J (Ed). (Re)Constructing Memory: School Textbooks and the Imagination of the Nation, Boston, MA: Sense publishers, pp. 293-312
(2013) Introduction part 2: peace education and joint history textbook projects. In Korostelina K and S. Lassig (eds) History Education and Post-Conflict Reconciliation: Reconsidering Joint Textbook Projects. Routledge. pp.19-25
(2013) The Tbilisi Initiative – the story of an unpublished Textbook, In Korostelina K and S. Lassig (eds) History Education and Post-Conflict Reconciliation: Reconsidering Joint Textbook Projects. Routledge. pp.192-208
(2013) Best practice models and scholarly concepts: theoretical and methodological framework for joint history projects, In Korostelina K and S. Lassig (eds) History Education and Post-Conflict Reconciliation: Reconsidering Joint Textbook Projects. Routledge. pp 230-241
(2012) Chapter 1: The Place and Plight of Civilians in Modern War (with D. Rothbart and M.D. Cherkaoui). In Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence. (Edited by D. Rothbart, K.Korostelina, and M.D. Cherkaoui). Routledge.
(2012) Chapter 3: Devastating Civilians at Home: the Plight of Crimean Tatars and Californians of Asian Decent during World War II . In Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence. (Edited by D. Rothbart, K.Korostelina, and M.D. Cherkaoui). Routledge.
(2012) Chapter 5: Double Victims: the Recruitment and Treatment of Child Soldiers in Chechnya (with JuliiaKononenko). In Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence. (Edited by D. Rothbart, K.Korostelina, and M.D. Cherkaoui). Routledge.
(2012) Chapter 16: Conclusion: the Road Ahead (with D. Rothbart and M.D. Cherkaoui). In Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence. (Edited by D. Rothbart, K.Korostelina, and M.D. Cherkaoui). Routledge.
(2012) Introduction. In Forming a Culture of Peace: Reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity, and Justice (Edited by K. Korostelina). Palgrave Macmillan.
(2012) Chapter 4. Promoting culture of peace through history education. In Forming a Culture of Peace: Reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity, and Justice (Edited by K. Korostelina). Palgrave Macmillan.
(2012). Conclusion. In Forming a Culture of Peace: Reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity, and Justice (Edited by K. Korostelina). Palgrave Macmillan.
(2011) Dialogue between religious communities: Gulen’s contribution to Eco-justice. In Heon Kim and Join Raines (Eds.) Making Peace In and With the World. The Gülen Movement in the Task of Eco Justice. Cambridge Scholarly Publishing.
(2011) Religion, War and Peace in Tajikistan. In D. Sisk (Ed.) Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders in Deeply Divided Societies. Georgetown University Press.
(2011) Facilitating Nation Building in Ukraine. S-CAR Newsletter, October 2011, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp. 1, 7-8.
(2011) Ukraine after 20 Years of Independence: Models of Development, Narratives of National Identity, and Crisis of Legitimacy of Power. Report. Kiev: Frederic Ebert Foundation.
(2010) Shaping Social Identities: The Role of History Education in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies. In A. M. Columbus (ed). Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 73, Nova Publishers
(2009) Management of Multi-cultural Communities in Crimea. In C. Zelizer and R. Rubinstein (eds). Building peace: Practical Reflections from the Field. Sterling, VA: Kumarian press, p.225-248.
(2008) Identity Conflicts: Models of Dynamics and Early Warning. In A Handbook of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Routledge, pp.
(2008) Loss of the Innocents: Civilian Devastation in State-Sponsored Wars. In A Handbook of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Routledge, pp.
(2007) Dialogue as a Source for Peaceful Co-Existence among Muslims and Christians. In Peaceful Coexistence.London: Leeds Metropolitan University Press, pp.267-278.
(2007) The Impact of History Education on the Formation of Social Identities In: K. A. Fanti (ed) Psychological Science: Research, Theory and Future Directions. Athens: ATINER, pp.271-283.
(2007) Interrelations between national and ethnic identity and the readiness for conflict behavior. In James Peacock (Ed.) Identity matters. Berghahn.
(2006) National identity formation and conflict intensions of ethnic minorities. In M. Fitzduff & C. E. Stout (Eds.), The psychology of resolving global conflicts: From war to peace(contemporary psychology) Vol. 2, pp. 147–170. Westport, CT: Praeger Press.
(2005) The impact of national identity on conflict behavior: Comparative analysis of two ethnic minorities in Crimea. In E. A. Tiryakian (Ed.), Ethnicity, ethnic conflicts, peace processes: Comparative perspectives (pp. 80–99).Whitby, Ontario, Canada: De Sitter.
(2002) Identity Based Training: Toward Peacebuilding in Multicultural Societies (Report No. NCRTL-RR-143). East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teaching Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 462 636)
RESEARCH and PRACTICE GRANTS:
GMU Research grants:
Toal, G. and K.V. Korostelina. Russia has made Ukraine’s territory a sacred cause. The Irish Times. December 26, 2022. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/2022/12/26/ukrainians-must-decide-between-land-or-lives/
Korostelina, K.V. and G. Toal. Generational Divides in Wartime Ukraine: Perceptions of War and Peace. Focus Ukraine. Kennan Institute, Wilson Center, December 15, 2022. https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/generational-divides-wartime-ukraine-perceptions-war-and-peace
Korostelina, K.V. and G. Toal. Generational Divides in Wartime Ukraine: Differentiating from Russia. Focus Ukraine. Kennan Institute, Wilson Center, December 6, 2022.
Korostelina, K.V. and G. Toal. How do Ukrainians in a war zone feel about Russia? Riddle Russia, November 30, 2022. https://ridl.io/how-do-ukrainians-in-a-war-zone-feel-about-russia/
Toal, G. and K.V. Korostelina. Ukrainians want war crime reparations and investigations, new survey shows, Open Democracy, September 21, 2022.
Korostelina, K.V. and G.Toal. La guerre de la Russie contre les civils ukrainiens, Le GrandContinent, September 19, 2022, https://legrandcontinent.eu/fr/2022/09/19/la-guerre-de-la-russie-contre-les-civils-ukrainiens/
Korostelina, K.V. and G. Toal. La guerra de Rusia contra los civiles ucranianos, Le GrandContinent, September 19, 2022, https://legrandcontinent.eu/es/2022/09/19/la-guerra-de-rusia-contra-los-civiles-ucranianos/
Toal, G. and K.V. Korostelina. We asked Ukrainians living on the front lines what was an acceptable peace – here’s what they told us, The Conversation, September 15, 2022, https://theconversation.com/we-asked-ukrainians-living-on-the-front-lines-what-was-an-acceptable-peace-heres-what-they-told-us-190397
Social psychologist Karina Korostelina about the choice of Ukrainians. Voice of America, September 4, 2022. https://www.golosameriki.com/a/interview-professor-karina-korostelina-ukraine/6730702.html
Korostelina, K.V. and G. Toal. Do Ukrainians want a ceasefire?, Monkey Cage, Washington Post, August 30, 2022. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/08/30/ukraine-survey-ceasefire-war/
The role of insults and hurt feelings in political conflicts. Behavior podcast.com, December 22, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NuPiIaQMD4
Political Insults, C-SPAN, December 17, 2014, https://www.c-span.org/video/?323360-1/political-insults