Robert Gould

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503-725-3502 (office)
503-675-0982 (cell)

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


Courses Taught

Perspectives of Conflict Resolution
Philosophy of Conflict Resolution
Forgiveness & Atonement
Advanced Philosophy of Conflict Resolution
Psychology of Conflict Resolution
Thesis/Project Preparation Seminar
Evil & Hate
Philosophy of Nonviolence
Evil and Conflict Resolution


Academic Career

Dr. Gould co-founded Portland State University's Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution in 1993 and served as its director until 2015. He also served a three-year term as Chair of PSU's Philosophy Department. He has presented a wide variety of papers, workshops, and seminars in topics related to philosophy and conflict resolution, including peace education, informal logic, ethics, and hate studies.

In 1984, he co-founded the Oregon Peace Institute with Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse, and continues to serve on OPI's Board of Directors. More recently, he co-founded the Northwest Institute for Conflict Resolution, the Peace and Conflict Studies Consortium, and the Newhall Nonviolence Institute.

Personal Statement

Robert Gould, a lifelong Portland resident, has worked in the areas of peace, social justice, conflict resolution, and community service for over forty years. He counseled and taught young people about military service and peaceful alternatives in the 1960's and 1970's, and helped organize numerous peace and justice organizations during the 1970's and 1980's.

Dr. Gould is currently in the process of writing a book entitled, Engaged Thinking, that takes up key issues in the philosophy of conflict resolution. When Rob is not working, he enjoys triathlons, mountain climbing, bicycling, snow and water sports. "Naps are fun, too!"