The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts operates under the oversight of Daniel Diermeier, Provost of the University of Chicago. The endowment created through a $100 million gift from the Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Foundation, a US-based private philanthropy fund and foundation, is managed by the University of Chicago.

A Platform for Growth

The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum are located on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, a thriving and diverse neighborhood along Lake Michigan on Chicago’s Mid–South Side. This location—outside the beltway and away from the two coasts—enables The Pearson Institute to take a fresh and objective approach to conflict study.

As a leading international research community, the University of Chicago offers many unique opportunities to bring a cross-disciplinary approach to the study and resolution of global conflicts. The Pearson Institute draws upon the University’s five graduate divisions, six professional schools, more than 100 institutes and centers, and affiliated organizations, and leverages a wide range of University initiatives, both locally and across the globe. As such, it taps into a rich tradition of leadership by the University in data-driven scholarship across domains such as economics, medicine, public health, law, history, sociology, social psychology, political science, education, and criminal justice.

The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum currently reside at 1155 East 60th Street, in the building that houses the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago.

In 2018, The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum will move to the Keller Center, the new home of Harris Public Policy, located at 1307 E. 60th St., overlooking the historic Midway Plaisance. The facility, which originally opened in 1962, was designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the architect who created landmarks like the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and the Aon Center in Chicago. The adaptive reuse of the facility, designed by Farr Associates, a leader in sustainable architecture, will allow room for substantial growth in The Pearson Institute’s faculty and student enrollment.

An Afghan girl.

AFGHANISTAN – JANUARY 21, 2017: An Afghan girl stands alongside a wall on the outskirts of Jalalabad, a city in eastern Afghanistan.


GETTY IMAGES / Noorullah Shirzada