Following graduation from Rockford High School in 1970, Dr. Linda Johnston attended Michigan State University, earning a B.S. in dietetics in 1974 and a master’s degree in institutional administration with an emphasis in labor and industrial relation in 1976. She continued her education at George Mason University, earning her Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution in 2000.
Johnston has done her conflict resolution work throughout the world, including the Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Barbados, Nigeria, Egypt, Costa Rica and the United States. Her research includes racial and ethnic conflict, violence prevention programs for youth, conflict styles in the workplace, and the exploration of living in peace. She is highly published in her field and actively sought as a speaker and facilitator.
Johnston is the director of the Master of Science in Conflict Management Program, the director of the Center for Conflict Management, and an associate professor of conflict management at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Ga. She is the president of the International Peace Research Association Foundation, serves on the Small Research Grants Committee, and administers the International Senesh Fellowship Program for women from developing countries. She is also on the board of Hands Along the Nile, and the On-Line Advisory Committee for the U.N. School of Peace in Costa Rica.