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 the director of The Narrative Transformation Lab (TNT Lab) at George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. A sociologist by training, he is the author many books and articles on narrative and storytelling in peace and politics, including Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic Building Peace, Pursuing Justice (2021), Root Narrative Theory and Conflict Resolution; Power, Justice and Values (2020),  and The Eclipse of Equality: Arguing America on Meet the Press (2013) . He is currently finishing a book about story grammar and basic plot types. At The Narrative Transformation Lab, Solon is leading efforts to develop cutting-edge narrative tools for use in practical applications in both adversarial struggles for justice and collaborative journeys toward peace. 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 the craft of peace writing, 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