Amanda Smith Byron, Ed.D.
Core Faculty
Peace Education/Violence Prevention

Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution
Portland State University
Office: 223 Neuberger Hall

Phone: 503/725-9170 Fax: 503/725-9174



Dr. Byron is a mediator, an educator, and an active community organizer in the fields of conflict resolution, violence prevention, and multicultural community development. Dr. Byron has more than 25 years of experience working with diverse communities to heal trauma and transform conflict. She is particularly interested in the field of violence, understanding how and why it occurs, and forging new ideas on individual and collective responses.

Dr. Byron earned her BA in Business Administration at Lewis and Clark College, her MA in Intercultural Management at the School for International Training, and completed her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. Her dissertation is entitled, Storytelling as Loving Praxis in Critical Peace Education: A Grounded Theory Study of Postsecondary Social Justice Educators.

Current research interests, within critical peace education and violence prevention, include exploration of loving praxis as a pedagogy of change, storytelling as a means to engage students in democracy, creativity as a conflict resolution practice, and the exploration of how identity and culture influence conflict.

Winter 2014

Love and CR: What's Love Got to Do With It?

Research Methods I

Research Methods II: Qualitative Research

Academic Writing

Conflict Resolution Systems Design

Cultural Competence in Conflict

Deconstructing Violence

Educating Nonviolent Children

Enmification: The Art and Consequence of Enemy Making


Grant Writing for CR

Intercultural Conflict Resolution

Introduction to Conflict Resolution

Love and Hate

Media Violence

Nonviolent Power and Privilege

Peace Education


Research Methods I

Research Methods II

Restorative Justice

Storytelling and Social Change

What's Love Got To Do With It: Love and Conflict Resolution

Spring 2014

Conflict Resolution Systems Design

Introduction to Conflict Resolution

Research Methods II: Qualitative Research

Storytelling and Social Change (2 Credit Seminar)

Summer 2014 Courses

Introduction to Conflict Resolution

Spirituality and Peace Education

Fall 2014

Conflict Management Skills

Introduction to Intercultural Conflict

Consensus Building

Click here to hear Dr. Byron speak to Lars Larson on the air about

Enmification: The Art and Consequence of Enemy Making

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To read Dr. Byron's travelogue from the Jewish/German Dialogue in Berlin, please click here