Eileen Borris

Associate Professor, Global Studies
Faculty
THNDRBIRD Campus
Mailcode
0158

Biography

Areas of Expertise:
Conflict Management, International Corporate
Diplomacy, Political Psychology

Beginning in the 1980’s Dr. Eileen Borris had been on the frontlines of forgiveness from the
personal to the political. As a political psychologist Dr. Borris helps to rebuild war torn countries
such as Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Israel and the Occupied Territories and
Lebanon. Her work focuses on reconciling centuries old conflicts and finding ways to forgive.
She understands the deep down psychological issues surrounding conflicts and the healing of
conflicts.

Dr. Borris rebuilds countries by ending the cycles of abuse and revenge which in some cases
began centuries ago. Her work focuses on trauma recovery and healing and ultimately
forgiveness and reconciliation in these conflict areas. She helps people living in emerging
democracies to think about how to resolve conflict and the issues needed to be grappled with
in order to set up reconciliation processes such as truth and reconciliation commissions within
their countries. She also designs regional and national dialogue processes which help emerging
democracies heal from the wounds of the past and find the best plausible and peaceful future.

Not only does Dr. Borris go to worn torn countries, she leads the charge by training other high
profile people such as diplomats, peacekeepers and humanitarian organizations. She is the
Director of Training and Program Development for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
(IMTD) whose mission is to promote a systems-based approach to international peacebuilding
and to transform deep-rooted social conflict through education, conflict resolution training and
communication. Dr. Borris designs and implements these programs in international
peacebuilding, and conflict resolution, trauma recovery, forgiveness and reconciliation. She is
also past president of Forgiveness International whose purpose is to advance individual and
social transformation through the practice of forgiveness in order to create sustainable peace.

Dr. Borris is a prolific writer publishing many articles and books on the topic of forgiveness from the personal to
the political. His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a foreword to both of her books on forgiveness. The first book,

Forgiveness the Ultimate Freedom,” has been bought in five foreign countries. “Finding Forgiveness: A 7
Step Program for Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness
” her second book is a self-help book published by
McGraw-Hill in October 2006. The books focus on the profound impact of forgiveness on multiple levels
ranging from individual’s personal lives to the resolution of long standing international conflicts. “Finding
Forgiveness
” was a finalist for “Books for a Better Life Award” and the winner for “Best Books for 2007
award in the self-help category. “Finding Forgiveness” was one of the books chosen for the National Press Club
30th annual book fair, a very prestigious event. Currently Dr. Borris is writing a book on political forgiveness
"Takes Two to Tango: Steps World Leaders Follow to Resolve Conflict."

Dr. Borris is a very popular speaker on the nuances of conflict and forgiveness. By invitation
at the United Nations she speaks to the members of the UN, UN agencies and to
nongovernmental organizations world wide about forgiveness and reconciliation. She has
shared the podium with such prominent people as Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland
at the Aspen Institute and facilitated an Interfaith Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and other prominent religious figures living in Arizona. Dr. Borris has made over 30 radio and
Television appearances debunking myths about forgiveness and more recently has appeared
in Real Simple and O Magazine. Dr. Borris is a spokesperson for Fetzer Institute’s
Campaign for Love and Forgiveness where she speaks for Fetzer and contributes to their
forgiveness blog. At these venues she has covered topics in international peacebuilding;
forgiveness and reconciliation as part of her work in conflict resolution.

Dr. Borris develops her perspectives in the trenches concerning the personal side of pain by
being a consultant. She has worked in Indonesia for the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) developing conflict resolution and reconciliation programs. She has
consulted with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) developing
specialized training programs for women in peacebuilding in Tbilisi, Georgia. Most recently Dr.
Borris has been invited to propose trauma healing programs throughout Liberia through the
United Nations Development Fund (UNDP). She is also available to work in organizations and
the nonprofit sector in the United States to resolve disagreements and enhance work cultures.

Since 1985 Dr. Borris has also worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice. Her work is
based on the emotional pain associated with the betrayal of intimate relationships such as
marriage and family. She conducts “Finding Forgiveness” workshops, in which people are
enabled to make better decisions from the place of understanding and wisdom rather than
emotional pain.

Since 1995 Dr. Borris has been asked to be involved in various academic efforts. These include
teaching a new course on Conflict Management and Social Change and International Corporate
Diplomacy with a focus on business and peacebuilding for Thunderbird – School of Global
Management. She also teaches Global Negotiation and Cross Cultural Communication at
Thunderbird. In 2006 Dr. Borris began teaching a course on reconciliation at American
University and at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
In January 2007, Dr. Borris along with others was invited to teach the first conflict resolution
course ever offered by the U.S. military at the National Defense University. Participants included
colonels and lieutenant colonels from the US and foreign military and State Department
personnel. Dr. Borris was invited to deliver courses at the prestigious George C. Marshall
European Center for Security Studies in Germany. Her course in conflict resolution skills was
tailored to military and police officers from Kosovo and Bosnia as well as NATO personnel and
covered the dynamics of violent conflict.

Dr. Borris’s leadership abilities have been recognized by her peers. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Borris
was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association Division
48– Peace Psychology and now is a former past president of the division. Before her tenure was
over she received the Division Leadership and Outstanding Service award reflecting her
commitment to the field of peace psychology. Dr. Borris was also elected to the American
Psychological Associations Committee of International Relations in Psychology and served for
three years. For the Psychologist for Social Responsibility, she was co-chair of the Trauma
Resiliency and Social Reintegration Action Committee which created standards for working in
the area of trauma healing. She is also a member of the International Society for Political
Psychology, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology.

Dr. Borris received her doctorate in psychology from Columbia University (1985), a certificate
of advanced studies in Communicative Sciences from Johns Hopkins University (1980), and a
Masters degree from Columbia University (1972).

Courses

Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 581Negotiating in Global Context
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TBX 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TBX 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TBX 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TBX 598Special Topics