Degree: J.D., Harvard Law School
Office: Gutman 406A
Faculty Assistant: Ryan Noll
Sam Straus is an educator, consultant, and coach who helps people develop capacity for problem solving, collaboration, and leadership on social problems. He teaches negotiation and conflict management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Tufts Gordon Institute.
He serves as the Associate Director of Programs at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, where he develops social justice programming and facilitates workshops on racial justice and gender-based violence prevention. He also serves as a fellow with the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School, where he creates spaces for community building and collective action for legal practitioners, educators, and students working towards systemic change.
In his consulting practice, Straus designs and facilitates workshops on negotiation, communication, and feedback, and has worked with clients in law, education, biotechnology, finance, youth development, entrepreneurship, healthcare, engineering, organizational development, construction, and government. He also coaches professionals and graduate students on interpersonal skills with the Harvard Negotiation Institute and at the Harvard Law School.
Previously, Straus served as an associate with the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, where he developed negotiation, facilitation, and dialogue programs, and as a mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program. He was also a member of the facilitation team for the Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project, an arts and civic engagement initiative that brought audiences into dialogue on the school-to-prison pipeline.