Department of Sociology
University of Colorado at
My journey was shaped by an artist father, a
reformer mother and a number of great teacher-mentors. As we all
are, I am a product of my time, which has experienced a proliferation
social movements, an expansion of higher education into new areas, and
a rapidly growing interest in "doing" conflict without harm.With
a special interest in social change and an educational context in flux,
I became an academic entrepreneur.
My research has concerned primarily movements for social and political
change, particularly those using various forms of nonviolent action.
of these studies have analyzed historical cases like the Gandhian
movement in India, the Sandinista
movement in Nicaragua, and the civil
rights movement in the United States. My most recent
in that line is of how long-term peace activists develop their
The Persistent Activist, Westview, 1997). A
second major interest is social conflict, how one understands it and
it with the least cost and harm to those involved (Bartos
and Wehr, Using Conflict Theory, Cambridge University
2002). A third interest, the interaction
of humans with the natural environment, relates to the first two
a focus on conflict between the environmental movement and the control
forces within human societies that come into play to oppose it. My
rather unorthodox academic approach was recognized in 2004 by the
American Sociological Association with its Williams
Career Award . For
information on my published work and how it fits into the larger body
conflict research, see my curriculum vitae and
the publications listed below in the course readings.
At various points in my career, I have helped to create a number of
to deepen conflict studies and to build the peace movement. These
include the Peace and
Studies Association, the
International Peace Research Association, the Conflict
Information Consortium, the Peace/War/Social
Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association, the
and Conflict Studies Program, University of Colorado, and the Rocky
Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Since my research and
have been primarily as a participant observer, my efforts at both
academic and real world movement-building came together nicely, as
in my academic biographical essay, "Generalist
One teaching tool I used to make social theory useful for my
students was the Theoretical
in which an important concept would produce a conflict management
Courses I taught in the 1990s, prior to retirement, and the readings
are listed below with links to their full texts. I have since
to offering a short course on conflict management, something I
early in my career for the American Association for the Advancement of
Science. My intention now is to encourage the spread of conflict
in the Spanish-speaking world. A course I recently taught in the
the approach I am taking to that project.
Since 2003, I have been developing animated childrens books
using a paper engineering process developed by my father in the
1940s. I am republishing some of his books and creating several
new ones around peacemaking and environmental themes.
I have also been
working on a cross-cultural guide for
management that makes use of universal symbols independent of
I may use the conflict mapping process as the basis for the guide.
Sociology 3011: History of
Sociology 2505: Peacemaking/PACS 2500: Intro to PACS
Conflict."(Wehr, Conflict Regulation. Westview, 1979)
"Nicaragua."(Wehr/Burgess/Burgess, Justice Without Violence, Lynne
"The Citizen Intervenor."(Peace Review, 8:4, 1996)
America." (Journal of Peace Research, 28:1, 1991)
Sociology 3091: Environment and Society
- Bureau of
- Rossi, "Treading Softly"
- Hawken, "Natural Capitalism: Chapter 1"
- Hawken, "Natural Capitalism: Chapter 2"
- Brower, "Consumer's Guide..."
Sociology 4025: Conflict Management
& Wolf, "Introduction."
& Wolf, "Analytical."
& Burgess, Intractable Conflict -- Constructive Confrontation
"Self-limiting Conflict: The Gandhian Style."
& Rubin, "Escalation, Stalemate and Settlement."
& Ury, "The Method."
& Wolf, "Critique."
& Lederach, "Mediating Conflict in Central America."
"Factors Influencing the Resolution of Conflict."
Conflict Assessment: Wehr Conflict Map
Conflict Intervention Guide
Sociology 4115/INVS 4914
Here is my 411
& Kruegler, "Principles/Strategic Nonviolent Conflict"
"Rocky Flats National Action."(Wehr, Conflict Regulation, Westview,
"Letters From Prison, 1917."
"Self-Limiting Conflict: The Gandhian Style."
"Parting the Waters."
"Nonviolence/Differentiation/Equal Rights."(Sociological Inquiry, 38:1,
"Toward a History of Nonviolence."(Peace and Change, 20:1 1995)
Allen, "Mother/Red Roots/White Feminism."
& Wehr, "Persistent Pacifism."
University of Colorado.