Smadar Cohen
Smadar Cohen-Chen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dispute Resolution Research Center

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Smadar Cohen-Chen is a visiting assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in the Dispute Resolution Research Center, Kellogg School of Management. Her primary program of research examines the role of hope within the context of intergroup relations, and particularly in violent and intractable conflicts. Along these lines, she developed new techniques for inducing hope, and has demonstrated that increased hope leads to greater support for conciliatory policies and general attitudes toward peace. Another line of research examines issues related to collective action and civic engagement.  

Areas of Expertise
Dispute Resolution
Intergroup Behavior

Print Vita
PhD, 2014, Social Psychology, University of Sheffield
MA, 2010, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Cum Laude
BA, 2009, Government, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Cum Laude

Academic Positions
Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow, Dispute Resolution Research Center, Northwestern University, 2014-present
Lab Manager, Intergroup relations and prejudice lab, University of Sheffield, 2013-2014
Research Coordinator , Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, 2012-2013
Grant Writer , Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, 2012-2013

Honors and Awards
ISPP Roberta Sigel Junior Scholar Paper Award, 2014
SPSP Graduate Student Travel Award

Print Research
Cohen, Smadar, R. Crisp and E. Halperin. 2015. Belief in a changing world induces hope and promotes peace in intractable conflicts.
Rosler, N., E. Halperin and Smadar Cohen. 2015. The distinctive effects of empathy and hope in intractable conflicts. Journal of Conflict Resolution.
S., Kudish, Smadar Cohen and E. Halperin. 2015. Increasing support for concession-making in intractable conflicts: The role of conflict uniqueness. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.
Cohen, Smadar, E. Halperin, R. Porat and D. Bar-Tal. 2014. The Differential Effects of Hope and Fear on Information Processing in Intractable Conflict. Journal of Social and Political Psychology.
Halperin, E., Smadar Cohen and A. Goldenberg. 2014. Indirect emotion regulation in intractable conflicts: A new approach to conflict resolution. European Review of Social Psychology.
Cohen, Smadar, E. Halperin, R. Crisp and J. J. Gross. 2014. Hope in the Middle East: Malleability beliefs, hope, and the willingness to compromise for peace. Hope in the Middle East: Malleability beliefs, hope, and the willingness to compromise for peace. 5: 67-75.
Cohen, Smadar, M. van Zomeren and E. Halperin. Hope(lessness) and (in)action in intractable intergroup conflict. The Social Psychology of Intractable Conflicts - Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Bar-Tal.
Cohen, Smadar, E. Halperin, T. Saguy and M. Van Zomeren. Beliefs about the malleability of immoral groups facilitate collective action. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Working Papers
Cohen, Smadar, R. Crisp and E. Halperin. Observing outgroup hope promotes peace and reconciliation in intractable conflicts.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Cross-Cultural Negotiation (MORS-474-0)
This course focuses on negotiation in the global business setting. This course covers the same basic concepts of negotiation as MORS-470 and MORS-472, but differs from those two courses in that it focuses on culture and negotiation strategy, culture and negotiators' interests, and culture and negotiation ethics. We also cover factors such as dispute resolution venue, currency, and having government on the other side of the table, topics that are not usually dealt with in MORS-470 or MORS-472. The course is structured around a series of simulation exercises and debriefings. There is an attendance policy.