Barbara Tint

Contact Information:

Market Center Building (MCB)
Suite MCB 131
1600 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201​​​​​​​
Office Hours: By Arrangement


Courses Taught

Intercultural Conflict Resolution 
Advanced Intercultural Conflict Resolution 
Intergroup Dialogue Processes 
Psychology of Peace and Conflict Resolution
Reconciliation Processes
Gender and Conflict Resolution
Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Conflict Resolution through Theater and Improvisation
Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, Peacebuilding
Perspectives in Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution in Divergent Settings 
 Power, Status and Conflict Resolution
 Facilitation Processes
 Thesis Preparation Seminar 

Academic Career

Dr. Barbara Tint is Full Professor of Conflict Resolution for the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program at Portland State University where she has taught since 1999.  She has previously served as the Program's Assistant Director and the Director of International and Intercultural Conflict Resolution.  She also serves as an Affiliated Professor at the Conflict Resolution Program at the University of Oregon Law School.  Her work in peace and conflict resolution stems from her background in Political Psychology, where she has focused largely on the psychological dynamics involved in the causes, prevention and intervention of international conflict.

As a Rotary Peace Scholar, her Doctoral work at the University of Melbourne in Australia explored issues of collective memory and conflict resolution within the context of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She has served as the Chair of both the Feminism and Peace and the Conflict Resolution Working Groups for the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence and Psychologists for Social Responsibility. In 2003-2004, Dr. Tint went to India on a Fulbright assignment to aid in the development of a Peace and Conflict Resolution Center at the University of Madras. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including collective memory, dialogue, peace psychology and peace education.

In addition to her teaching, Barbara works as a consultant, facilitator, mediator and trainer in a variety of domestic and international arenas including Australia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and with indigenous, refugee and multi-racial groups in the U.S.  She has trained multiple groups worldwide in the practice and process of intergroup dialogue, intercultural relations within conflict resolution processes and dynamics of status and power within conflict.  

Her current research and engaged projects include the design and implementation of dialogue and reconciliation processes within refugee communities and the completion of a book, Diasporas in Dialogue, around the development of this work.  For more information about the Diasporas in Dialogue project and manual, please see: 

The Diasporas in Dialogue manual is being updated and will be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2015. The title will be Community Reconciliation Through Dialogue:  Conflict Resolution in the Diaspora.
Barbara is also engaged in educational, media, peacebuilding and policy bi-communal projects related to Arab/Jewish relations within the state of Israel.  She is involved in peacebuilding, development and sustainability initiatives and she Chairs the Advisory Board for Community Friends, an NGO based in Sri Lanka.  She has worked with many local and international community partners on various projects including MercyCorps International, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, United Nations University for Peace and UNESCO.  Barbara went to Angers, France during the Spring of 2012 to teach as part of the Northwest Council of Study Abroad. In Angers, she taught classes related to Peace, Conflict Resolution, Identity and Multiculturalism within the French context.

Barbara has participated in improvisational theater for a number of years and incorporates the principles and 
techniques of this modality into her teaching and conflict resolution work.  She has presented workshops on 
Conflict Resolution and Applied Improv at the University of Oregon Law School, the Oregon Mediation Consortium and at various venues in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and San Francisco.  She has published and practiced on the use of Applied Improvisation for training in preparedness of humanitarian aid workers, leadership contexts, dynamics of power and status within organizations and conflict resolution.  Based on principles of collaboration, acceptance, quick thinking, generosity, spontaneity, creativity and letting go, Applied Improvisation is a natural fit for any context where people have to work together, make decisions and create shared visions and projects. Her current passion is exploring the dynamics of status, power and rank in conflict through improvisational modalities. 

Personal Statement

"Live as if you would die tomorrow. Learn as if you would live forever."

- Mahatma Gandhi

Current times, more than ever, demand new ways of engaging in the world and with each other. We are each responsible for making our own spheres of influence healthier and more peaceful domains. My own release from the world of work involves spending as much time in nature as possible and with family and friends. Travel, music, yoga, meditation, improvisational theatre and a new dog provide the sustenance to stay balanced in the challenging work of peace and conflict resolution. My goal: to work so hard as to render my services no longer necessary.