Professor of the Practice, UNC
Shai Tamari is the Director of the Conflict Management Initiative at UNC and teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level skill-based courses in negotiation and mediation under the Departments of Public Policy, Political Science, and Peace, War, and Defense. He developed and manages the minor in Conflict Management at UNC. In addition, Shai is an Adjunct Instructor in the Master of International Development Program at Duke’s Sanford School and is also the Associate Director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. Prior to his UNC and Duke appointments, Shai was the foreign policy adviser for Congressman James P. Moran (D-VA) at the U.S. House of Representatives, where he focused on issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights in Iran, and parental child abduction to Japan.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Shai served in the Israeli military 1994–1997. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and a Master’s degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in the UK. In 2006, Shai was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship and studied for a second Master’s in Global History, along with Arabic and Conflict Resolution, at UNC. Shai is a native speaker of Hebrew, and mediates at the District Court in Durham and at DSC.