Daniel Shapiro, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Harvard University


Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D., is Founder and Director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, a premier research and educational initiative investigating the emotional and identity-based underpinnings of conflict and negotiation. He also is Associate Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and affiliated faculty at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, where he serves as Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Dr. Shapiro has contributed to a wide array of scholarly journals and books, including the foundational negotiation text Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate (with Roger Fisher), which  articulates five core emotional concerns and how to utilize them to reach mutual gains.  For three years, Dr. Shapiro chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Prevention, a multi-stakeholder group of former heads of state, eminent academics, and practitioners working together to establish global priorities on conflict resolution. During that time, he launched a Global Curriculum on Conflict Management for senior-level policymakers and business leaders. The curriculum includes a framework based largely upon Dr. Shapiro’s research, as well as firsthand case contributions from global leadership such as Morgan Tsvangirai (Prime Minister of Zimbabwe), Bertie Ahern (former Taoiseach of Ireland), and Martyn Indyk (former U.S. Ambassador to Israel).

Dr. Shapiro’s international experience includes advising Chinese officials, Serbian Members of Parliament, Middle East negotiators, Macedonian politicians, and senior U.S. officials. He has co-facilitated workshops with international leaders including Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan and Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He also has been an advisor to the International Criminal Court. During the Bosnian War, he conducted conflict management training in Croatia and Serbia. Through non-profit funding, he developed a conflict management program that now reaches one million youth across more than 30 countries.

Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s “Early Career Award” and the Cloke-Millen “Peacemaker of the Year” award. He was awarded the prestigious Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) in recognition of his article, “Relational Identity Theory: A Systematic Approach for Transforming the Emotional Dimension of Conflict.” The World Economic Forum named him a “Young Global Leader.” He has held additional academic appointments as Visiting Associate Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and as Visiting Associate Professor at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.









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