Brian S. Mandell is Senior Advisor at Lax Sebenius LLC and Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Director of the school’s Negotiation Project. He is also Chair of the Wexner-Israel and Kokkalis Fellowship programs at the school. Professor Mandell works on capability-building and training in the oil and pharmaceutical industries.
His current teaching and research address the theory and practice of negotiation, emphasizing third-party facilitation and consensus building in domestic and international protracted policy disputes. He writes about contentious disputes and is completing a book on scenario planning for conflict managers and negotiation practitioners.
Before coming to Harvard, Professor Mandell taught at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. Previously, he was a strategic analyst for the Canadian Department of National Defense, specializing in UN peacekeeping and the implementation of arms control agreements. A Pew Faculty Fellow and Senior Research Associate at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Mandell holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. He currently teaches the Introduction to Negotiation Analysis and Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and in several executive education courses offered by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.