Philip Gamaghelyan

Philip Gamaghelyan
Phone: (619) 260-7918
Office: Kroc Institute for Peace & Jus 128

Assistant Professor

  • PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • MA, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • BA/MA (Honors), Political Science and French, Yerevan State Linguistic University, Armenia
Philip Gamaghelyan, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego where he teaches courses in conflict analysis and resolution, mediation, politics of memory, and program design, monitoring & evaluation. He is the author of Conflict Resolution Beyond the International Relations Paradigm: Evolving Designs as a Transformative Practice in Nagorno-Karabakh and Syria (2017)
Gamaghelyan is also a conflict resolution scholar-practitioner, the co-founder and board member of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation, and the managing editor of the Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation ( He works in the post- Soviet states, as well as Turkey, Syria, and other conflict regions engaging policy makers, journalists, educators, social scientists, and other discourse-creating professionals. His research is focused on politics of memory in conflict contexts as well as on critical re-evaluation and design of conflict resolution interventions.

Areas of Expertise

Structural and symbolic violence, Ethnically-framed conflicts, Methodological innovations and intervention design in conflict resolution practice, Discourse analysis , Action research, Conflicts in Russian and Eurasia

Scholarly Work


Gamaghelyan, Philip. 2017. Conflict Resolution Beyond the International Relations Paradigm: Evolving Designs as Transformative Practices in Nagorno-Karabakh and Syria, Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Societies Series. Stuttgart: ibidem Press/Columbia University Press


Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Gamaghelyan, Philip. 2019. “Armenia.” In the Palgrave Handbook of Conflict and History Education in the Post-Cold War Era, edited byLuigi Cajani, Simone Lässig, and Maria Repoussi. Palgrave Macmillan.

Gamaghelyan, Philip. 2012. “Social Media: A New Track of Multi-Track Diplomacy.” In Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory, edited by Susan Allen Nan, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, and A. Bartoli, 2:477–91. Praeger Security International. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger.

Gamaghelyan, Philip. 2010. “Rethinking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Identity, Politics, Scholarship.” International Negotiation 15 (1): 33–56.

Kusa, Dagmar, Adam Saltsman, and Philip Gamaghelyan. 2010. “Mediating History, Making Peace.” In The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups: How They Are Difficult, Why They Are Difficult and What You Can Do about It, edited by Sandy Schuman, 1st ed, 251–74. The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Electronic Publications and Publications Associated with Practice

Gamaghelyan, Philip. “Nagorno-Karabakh: Nationalist Politics at Geo-political Cross-roads.” April 19, 2019. The Progressive Post.  

Pınar Sayan, Maria Karapetyan, Philip Gamaghelyan, Bülent Bilmez (eds.). August, 2019. Alternative History Education Modules for Armenia and Turkey. In English, Armenian, and Turkish. 

Gamaghelyan, Philip, Sevil Huseynova, Maria Karapetyan, and Pinar Sayan, eds. 2018. “Political Transitions and Conflicts in the South Caucasus.” Brussels: Caucasus Edition.

Dilanyan, Sona, Philip Gamaghelyan, Sergey Rumyansev, and Pinar Sayan, eds. 2018. “Community-Driven Conflict Transformation in the South Caucasus: Challenging Gender Norms, Dealing with the Past, and Protecting the Environment.” Tbilisi: Caucasus Edition.

Gamaghelyan, Philip, Maria Karapetyan, Sergey Rumyansev, and Pinar Sayan, eds. 2017. “Visions and Strategies for Conflict Transformation: Dominant and Alternative Discourses on Gender, Militarism, and Peace Processes.” Berlin, Tbilisi: Caucasus Edition.

Gamaghelyan, Philip, Sevil Huseynova, Maria Karapetyan, and Sergey Rumyansev, eds. 2016. “The South Caucasus and Its Neighborhood. Form Politics and Economics to Group Rights.” Istanbul: Caucasus Edition.

Gamaghelyan, Philip, and Sergey Rumyantsev. 2014. “History Education in the South Caucasus.” Turkish Policy Quarterly 12 (1).

Gamaghelyan, Philip. 2013. “A Word of Caution against Framing Syria as an Assad-Opposition Dichotomy.” Turkish Policy Quarterly 12 (3).

Gamaghelyan, Philip, and Christopher Littlefield. 2012. “Facilitator Co-Debriefing.” Eds. Guy Burgess and Heidi Burgess. Conflict Information Consortium, University of Colorado, Boulder. Beyond Intractability.