Bio (John Shuford)

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John Shuford


Associate Faculty


Humanitarian Studies


As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. John Shuford is interested in the interplay of moral psychology and embodied cognition in constructive/destructive conflict. He also examines the roles of law and policy, ethical norms, social institutions and civil society actors in social conflict, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. He has recently undertaken new work on “learning to listen to those who hate” in addition to developing The Encyclopedia of Hate: A Global Study of Social Enmity. In previous work, he articulated the progressive policy norms “compassionate migration” and “immigration regionalism.”


Shuford teaches in the Portland State University Conflict Resolution program and the Royal Roads University Justice Studies program. He previously taught philosophy and law at Gonzaga University, where he directed its Institute for Hate Studies and edited the Journal of Hate Studies. Government agencies, (I)NGOs and media outlets such as the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud of Norway, The New York Times, and the Toronto Star have utilized his professional perspective. He has given invited talks at the Coventry University Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, the Oslo and Ashkerhus University College of Applied Sciences, the UN CSW NGO and the University of Indiana Law School. His articles are available through SSRN.


Shuford holds a JD (2006), a PhD (2002) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy (1996) from University of Oregon. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Washington (1991).