Eric C. Marcus, Ph.D.

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Distinguished Lecturer
Coordinator, M.A. I/O Psychology

Psychology Department
College of Arts and Sciences
About Eric

Eric Marcus is currently teaching graduate courses in the Master’s program in Industrial & Organizational Psychology (MAIOP). He has been working as a consulting social psychologist for almost three decades, specializing in building the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations for a wide variety of public and private sector client systems. Primary practice areas include: leadership and team development, intra and inter group mediation and conflict resolution, diversity, feedback, change and resistance, and related areas. Dr. Marcus also conducts workshops on group dynamics, conflict resolution, feedback, team development and variations of these focused on particular client needs. Here at the University of New Haven he has been teaching courses in conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation, organizational behavior, research methods, and organization development and change.

Dr. Marcus is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University (International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution), teaching courses in conflict resolution, negotiation, team building, organization development and consultation and related areas.  He is a certified mediator in New York State involved in community mediation in Bronx County. 

Dr. Marcus has published a variety of articles related to change, and conflict and has just completed co-editing The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (3rd Edition), with Morton Deutsch and Peter Coleman, in which he has a chapter on Change and Conflict.  He has recently been working with colleagues on applying principles of cooperation and constructive conflict resolution to global community building and has published several papers in that area. 

Dr. Marcus received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in social and organizational psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.

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Selected Publications

Marcus, E.C. (2017). Appreciating Morton Deutsch. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 23 (4), 349-351.

Marcus, E.C., Deutsch, M. & Liu, Y. (2017). A study of willingness to participate in the development of a global human community, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 23 (1), 89-92.

Marcus, E.C., Deutsch, M. & Liu, Y. A study of willingness to participate in the development of a global human community.  Manuscript accepted for publication, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Deutsch, M., Marcus, E.C., & Brazitis, S. (2015).  Developing a Global Community:  A Social Psychological Perspective.  In M. Galluccio (ed). The Psychology of International Negotiation:  Interpersonal, Intercultural and Diplomatic Perspectives.  New York: Springer.

Coleman, P.T., Deutsch, M. and Marcus, E.C., Editors (2014)  Handbook of Conflict Resolution:  Theory and Practice 3rd Edition.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Marcus, E.C. (2014). Change and Conflict:  Motivation, Resistance and Commitment. In Deutsch, M., Coleman, P, and Marcus, E.C. . (Eds.)  Handbook of Conflict Resolution:  Theory and Practice. 3rd  Edition: 513-532.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Coleman, P.T.. and Marcus, E.C. Concluding Overview. (2014)  In M. Deutsch, P.T. Coleman, and E.C. Marcus (Eds.)  Handbook of Conflict Resolution:  Theory and Practice. 3rd Edition  :1111-1123.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Hornstein, H.A. & Marcus, E.C.  (2013). Early Traps in Consulting Efforts:  Managing Dysfunctional Client Behavior During "Entry".  In R. Sullivan and L. Carter (Eds),   Change Champions Field Guide (2nd Ed ):  531-540. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Deutsch, M., Marcus, E.C., & Brazitis, S. (2012).  A Framework for Thinking about Developing a Global Community.  In P.T. Coleman, and M. Deutsch (Eds), Psychological Components of  Sustainable Peace :pp. 299-324. New York: Springer Press.

Selected Presentations and Workshops

Marcus, E.C., Siegal, W.E, Reichman, W., Rutigliano, P., Fleisher, M., & Hyland, P. (2009, April) Understanding resistance to change from multiple perspectives.  Symposium conducted at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), New Orleans, LA.

Marcus, E.C. & Siegal, W.E. (2008, June).  Resistance to change: Capturing its energy for success.  Workshop conducted at the ASTD Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Book Reviews

Marcus, E.C. (2015 ).   How to begin understanding and working with potentially destructive conflict . [Review of the book: Conflict Analysis: Understanding causes, unlocking solutions by Matthew Levinger].  Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21 (4), 675-676.

Marcus, E.C.  (1994).  [Review of the book: A Force of One's:  Reclaiming individual power in a time of teams, work groups, and other crowds by Stanley M. Herman].   OD Practitioner, 26 (1), 40-41.

Marcus, E.C.  (1988).  [Review of book: Developing Critical Thinkers, by Stephen Brookfield].  Academy of Management Executive­, ­2, 338-339.

Works in Progress

Marcus, E.C. & Siegal, W.E.   Resistance to change: Diagnosis and intervention.  Manuscript in preparation.

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