Pamela Steiner

Senior Fellow

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Dr. Pamela Steiner is a Senior Fellow with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health where she directs the Intercommunal Trust Building Project.

The project aims to contribute to an improvement in the relationship between Armenian and Turkish communities and between Armenian and Azeri communities. More generally, it aims to better understand the collective traumatization of peoples long mired in unresolved conflicts and the psychology of healing and building productive relationships. Activities have included Track 2 workshops for Armenian and Turkish participants and a public meeting at Harvard with Hasan Cemal, the grandson of one of the architects of the Armenian genocide and the author of the Turkish best-seller, 1915, The Armenian Genocide.

Dr. Steiner speaks on these topics and is writing about the sources and manifestations of collective traumatization in the Armenian/Turkish/Azeri situation. This topic provides a distant mirror of many other situations although it is for many terra incognita.

Dr. Steiner co-founded the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center of International Affairs (1995-2003). She has extensive experience in conflict resolution and reconciliation efforts with Germans and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians, and Armenians and Turks. She has assisted in teaching leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

As a psychiotherapist Dr. Steiner works with individuals with a trauma history. She is certified in Somatic Experiencing, a new approach for trauma healing. For twelve years she was a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Steiner holds an Ed.D. in Developmental Psychology and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; an M.A. in Government from Harvard University; and a B.A. on Philosophy from Smith College.

Selected Talks

2018  Click here to read Pam’s talk,  “The Armenian Genocide, Morgenthau’s Witness, Israel’s Silence” presented at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 4/22/18

2017  Click here to read Pam’s talk, “Yesterday’s Collective Traumatization and Today’s Unresolved Conflict ‘The Destruction of an Ancient Civilisation: the Genocide of the Greeks of the Ottoman Empire’” presented at The House of Lords, London, England on 24 May 2017 on behalf of the International Confederation of Pontian Hellenes                            

2017 Click here to read Pam’s talk, “Yesterday’s Collective Trauma And Armenian Empowerment Today”
from the Powerlessness of Collective Victimization to the Responsibility of Power at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at St. Elizabeth’s College, Morristown, New Jersey, 4/26/17

2017 Click here to read the “Tel Aviv – Thinking forum with Dr Steiner”

2016 Click here to read Pam’s “101st Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide”,  presented in Times Square, NYC

2016 Click here to view “Dr. Pamela Steiner, the great-granddaughter of Henry Morgenthau, Armenian Genococide” presentation in NYC

2012 Click here to read Pam’s “Armenian Empowerment and 2015: An Addition to Advocacy”, presented at the April Armenian Genocide Memorial event in Peabody, Massachusetts

2011 Click here  to read Pam’s remarks, “Possible Steps towards Building Trust Between Armenians and Turks?”, at the AGBU, Asbeds event, featuring Hasan Cemal, Los Angeles; at the end of my remarks is a column in The California Courier by Harut Sassounian attacking my remarks; at the end of HS’s column is my reply published by HS in The California Courier.

2008 Click here to read Pam’s speech, “Healing and Reconciliation For All Peoples of Asia Minor and Istanbul”, at The Henry Morgenthau Remembrance event, Athens, Greece.

Selected Publications

2015. “Henry Morgenthau’s Voice in History.” Journal of Psychohistory. 42 (3), Winter 2015, 200-220. This essay is based on but is significantly changed from the publication mentioned just below.

2012. “Henry Morgenthau’s Voice in History and a Brief Reflection on One Aspect of Improving Relations Post-Violence” Euxeinos Club of Thessaloniki, Greece. Please note that the publication is in English and Greek.

2009. “Combining Empathy with Problem Solving: The Tamra Model of Facilitation in Israel.” With Eileen Babbitt, Jabir Asaqla, Chassia Chomsky-Porat,and Shirli Kirschner. In Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field, ed. Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubenstein. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press, 157-178.

1989. “In Collusion with the Nation: A Case Study of Group Dynamics at a Strategic Nuclear Policymaking Meeting.”  Political Psychology, 10, 4, 647-673.