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Tobias Greiff

Adjunct Instructor School of Prof and Extd Studies

Additional Positions at AU

  • Instructor for International Peace and Conflict Resolution
I am an Instructor for International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Intercultural Communications at American University's School for Professional & Extended Studies, Associate Researcher at the TAOS Institute, and an Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (George Mason University).
I have held research and/or teaching affiliations with the Department of Government and the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University, with the Elliott School for International Affairs (George Washington University), the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as with the School for Social Science and Technology in Sarajevo (BiH).
Next to my academic engagements, I am involved in various peace and community building projects and serve as the director of f-r-e-e, e.V. / f-r-e-e, Inc. (USA), an international development organization involved in community building projects in post-conflict-environments.
Office
School of Prof & Extd Studies
Spring Valley Building - 405
We 08.00-12.00am, 05.30-07.00pm Th 08.00-12.00am Meeting in SIS lobby or Brandywine Office 308 By appointment only.
Contact Info
(202) 895-4927

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For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • ISA Travel Grant (2016)
  • TAOS Associates Grant (2015)
  • DAAD Travel and Conference Grant (2014)
  • DAAD Travel and Conference Grant (2012)

Professional Presentations

Selection:

  • Tobias Greiff (2016). "The Bosnian Spring: Emergence of new political actors in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina." Presented at: International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference 2016 in Atlanta.
  • Fabio Capano and Tobias Greiff (2016). "The European Union as peacebuilder in its neighborhood." Presented at: International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference 2016 in Atlanta.
  • Tobias Greiff and Katherine G. Miller (2014). "Occupying public space -- Learning about intergroup conflict dynamics through the use of central places." Presented at: 8th Annual Cultural Studies Conference at George Mason University, Virginia.
  • Tobias Greiff (2014). "Symbols as seismographs for intergroup tensions -- Towards an early-warning framework." Presented at: International Peace Research Association’s (IPRA) annual conference held at Sakarya University in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Tobias Greiff (2014). "The psychology of central places -- A spatial theory for conflict analysis." Presented at: International Peace Research Association’s (IPRA) annual conference held at Sakarya University in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Tobias Greiff (2014). "Space, Place, and Symbol: Utilizing central places to understand intergroup conflict dynamics." Presented at: International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference 2014 in Toronto, Canada.
  • Tobias Greiff and Jacquie L. Greiff (2013). "When bridging culture meets border cultures: Why interventions fail." Presented at: International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference 2013 in San Francisco.
  • Tobias Greiff and Jacquie L. Greiff (2012). "When bridging and boundary discourses interact: Re-thinking success and failure of international interventions through the Mostar experiences." Presented at: International Peace Research Association’s (IPRA) annual conference at Mie University in Tsu City, Japan.

Selected Publications

  • Tobias Greiff and Jacquie L. Greiff (2016). This causes conflict! -- On the risks of establishing causalities through conflict analysis and the consequences of implementing those logics in conflict resolution strategies. In Rom Harre and Fathali Moghaddam (Eds.): Questioning causality: Scientific explorations of causes and consequences across social contexts. Santa Barbara: Praeger, pp. 259-275.
  • Tobias Greiff (2015). Space, place, & symbol: Utilizing central places to understand intergroup conflict dynamics. In Narrative and Conflict: Explorations in Theory and Practice. Vol. 2(1), pp. 33-64.
  • Tobias Greiff (2015). Radicalized. Review of the book Why ‘good kids’ turn into deadly terrorists, by Alice LoCicero. In Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Vol. 21(4), pp. 673-674.
  • Tobias Greiff and Jacquie L. Greiff (2014). The ‘Need For Success’: Untying international peace interventions in Mostar. In Alternatives: Global, Local, Political. Vol. 39(2), pp. 108-123.
  • Tobias Greiff (2013). Losing one’s enemies? Partisans, Germans and the (in-)stability of Yugoslavia. In Rom Harre and Fathali Moghaddam (Eds.): The Psychology of Friendship and Enmity: Relationships in Love, Work, Politics, and War. Westport: Praeger, pp. 145-166.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • The President's Volunteer Service Award in Gold (2015)
  • FAZit Dissertation Scholarship (2011-2013)
  • Konrad Adenauer Scholarship (2007-2010)
  • Konrad Adenauer Study Abroad Scholarship (2008)
  • Washington Semester Scholarship (2008)

Research Interests

  • Intergroup Interactions: Distribution of power and emergence of (new) political agents in post-conflict environments, differentiation and positioning processes, dynamics of group and boundary formations, conflict prevention, and ethics of interventions.
  • Symbolic Politics: Theories of symbolic power, roles and functions of symbols in everyday political processes and intergroup interactions, utilizing symbols as gateways into local meaning horizons, and symbols as seismographs for measuring conflict potentials.
  • Politics of Public Space: Power and political-psychology of public space in social conflicts, ‘home-land,' ‘bridging,' and ‘border' discourses and their political enactment, role of space in memorialization and reconciliation processes, and public space and security.