Celia Cook-Huffman, Ph.D is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College where she holds a Supported Professorship in Conflict Resolution. She has served as the Associate Director of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of Baker Mediation Services. Her background combines peace studies with specialized training and education in conflict transformation, nonviolence, gender, and mediation.
The focus of her teaching and consulting work is on understanding conflict dynamics in interpersonal, organizational, inter-group and international contexts. Her work involves the critical exploration of the role of conflict in the human community, seeking to understand when and how conflicts are necessary and productive and how to respond effectively to the destructive aspects of conflict. Her work explores how to respond to the violence and pain of conflict in ways that minimize damage and enhance the potential for transformative growth and change; how to create and sustain conflict practices that build sustainable communities that are responsive to both individual and communal needs for justice, equality, identity and security. Her work is based on the assumption that conflict is essential to knowing and understanding ourselves and others, and when done well the exploration and negotiation of challenging differences has the potential to spark creativity and positive change.
Dr. Cook-Huffman is a consultant for both public and private organizations. Her consulting work includes conflict transformation and change management, conflict resolution training, dispute resolution systems design, systems analysis, leadership training, and assessing gender dynamics in conflict.