Ben Cook teaches courses on negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution, and is the director of the Center for Conflict Resolution. He is a Utah court-qualified mediator, and has developed and delivered workshops on dispute resolution in cities across the United States and in various countries. Professor Cook trained as a mediator through the Harvard Mediation Program, and has taught negotiation at the Harvard Negotiation Institute. He is an Arbinger Institute certified facilitator, and co-author of the book Advanced Negotiation and Mediation: Concepts, Skills, and Exercises.
Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Cook worked as a partner at Collaborative Development Partners, a global consulting firm specializing in negotiation training and conflict management, where he developed and implemented mediation capacity-building projects in Rwanda and Nigeria. His past experience also includes serving as legal counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and providing appellate representation for indigent clients on behalf of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services. He also worked for a number of years administering international programs at Harvard Law School.
Professor Cook earned a J.D. from Georgetown University, and master’s degrees in international development and comparative education, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from BYU.