Faculty and Staff

Adi Grabiner Keinan, Ph.D.


Director of IDP


Instructor for EDUC 2610 & 4980








Adi is the Director of the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell University. Adi’s doctoral research (Department of Anthropology, Cornell) examined the Israeli Left and political activism in Israel/Palestine. As a graduate student at Cornell University, she taught classes on the politics of protest and issues related to social justice. Before coming to Cornell she served as the Academic Administrator for Experiential Learning at Brandeis University, where she worked with faculty to incorporate experiential learning and reflective practice into their courses, and created opportunities for students to construct knowledge from direct experience. Her experience at the Branco Weiss Institute for the Development of Thinking (an Israeli educational NGO) allowed her to work with teenagers and educators from different social and cultural backgrounds in Israel. She developed educational programs for at-risk high school students and led multicultural teams of educators to implement them nationwide. She received her Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Cornell University, her M.A. (Cultural Production) from Brandeis University and her B.A. (History) from Tel Aviv University.








Email: ag649@cornell.edu

Alex Brown, M.A.


Assistant Director of IDP


Instructor for EDUC 2610 & 4980









Alex is the Assistant Director of the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell University. He completed his MA in Germanic Studies at Cornell, where he is ABD in the graduate program. Alex’s theoretical interests include critical race, gender, queer, and postcolonial studies with a focus on the role of state and institutional bureaucracies in enforcing social norms. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Alex studied French- and German-language literature and music, focusing on drama, poetry, and opera. Alex participated in the first IDP session for graduate students in Summer 2016 at Cornell, having received training in intergroup relations as an undergraduate resident advisor at the University of Michigan. Alex gained additional experience in intercultural education through international programs in France and Germany, particularly while teaching English in Germany on a Fulbright grant in 2012-2013. As a resident of the Telluride House at Cornell, Alex further developed his facilitation practice in a supportive environment of diverse, collegial scholars.







Email: asb348@cornell.edu

Natasha Steinhall, B.S.


Program Assistant 








Natasha Steinhall is the Program Assistant for the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell University. She serves as the point of contact for program development and management.  Natasha completed her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell, where she first discovered the Intergroup Dialogue Project in her senior year. She went on to facilitate the course and continued to be involved with the program after she graduated. Prior to her return to IDP, Natasha volunteered as a tutor with Tompkins Learning Partners, helping ESL students prepare for their U.S. citizenship tests. Her passion for dialogue and cultural exchange as means for working towards social justice and equity has led her back to the IDP program.








Email: nms68@cornell.edu

John Forester, Ph.D.


Professor, City & Regional Planning


Instructor for EDUC 2610, 3610 & 4980











In addition to teaching with the Intergroup Dialogue Project, John is a Professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning. He studies the micro-politics of the planning process, ethics, dispute-resolution and political deliberation: the ways that planners shape participatory processes and manage public disputes in diverse settings. He has served as a mediator for the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Tompkins County, has consulted for the Consensus Building Institute, and has lectured widely, particularly in the U.S. and Europe. Forester’s recent writing includes Dealing with Differences: Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes (2009), Planning in the Face of Conflict (2013) and two forthcoming books: Rebuilding Community after Katrina (with Ken Reardon, 2015) and Conflict, Improvisation and Governance (with David Laws, 2015). Forester spent the 2008–09 academic year as NICIS Scholar at the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Conflict Studies. He has served as department chair of CRP, director of graduate studies for several terms, and for a year as associate dean. He received his B.S., M.S., M.C.P., and Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.









Email: johnforester@cornell.edu