Solon Simmons

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Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Carter School

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-3781
Campus: Arlington
Building: Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall
Room 5104
Mail Stop: 4D3


Solon Simmons is an Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University with a Ph.D. in sociology. He is the author of The Eclipse of Equality: Arguing America on Meet the Press (Stanford University Press, 2013) and Professors and their Politics with Neil Gross (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). His current work on peace and conflict resolution combines Weberian institutional theory, with critical social philosophy, bringing in insights from semiotics and narrative analysis. His most recent book is entitled, Root Narrative Theory and Conflict Resolution; Power, Justice and Values, which provides researchers and practitioners tool grounded in cutting edge approaches to narrative and conflict. Root Narrative Theory is useful for capturing the moral and intellectual bases of radical disagreement, fostering a sense of radical curiosity, and helping parties to pursue deeper mutual understandings. Solon served as interim dean for the Carter School in 2013, and Vice President for Global Strategy for George Mason from 2014-2017, and he teaches classes on conflict theory, narrative, media, discourse and conflict, human rights, quantitative and qualitative methodology, global conflict, and critical theory.

Media Appearances

  • CTV News Highlights from Day 2 of the DNC
    July 25, 2016
  • CTV News Solon Simmons with George Mason University weighs in on the crucial New York primaries taking place today
    April 18, 2016
  • Al Jazeera US immigration: Will Obama win?
    November 15, 2014

In the News

  • A New (Old) Narrative for the Left
    Published on January 18, 2017
    Full article
  • Mason’s Global Problem Solving Consortium in National Spotlight
    Published on November 20, 2014
    Full article

Presentations and Performances

  • Brown Bag Lecture - Spreading Democracy around the World: A World Made Safe for Private Enterprise
    Sep 1 2012 | Fairfax Campus SUB II
  • Dissertation Defense -- The Impact of Gender Mainstreaming on Men: The Case of Liberia
    Apr 11 2012 | Arlington Truland Building
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense - Irene Turner
    Jan 25 2017 | Fairfax Johnson Center


  • PhD, Sociology , University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, History, University of Chicago