Ford Rowan is an innovative educator and expert in conflict resolution.

  • Currently advises the president of one of the largest public institutions, the University of Maryland Global Campus.
  • A founding member of the International Dialogue Initiative. Its mission is to understand the psychological barriers to peacemaking, suggest interventions and promote dialogue.
  • Active in social justice work and has volunteered in prison ministry for 20 years and reentry programs for ten years.
  • Attorney and expert in negotiation who has taught in three universities and has served on six boards of educational entities.

Rowan has worked for many years on health emergencies and is currently helping respond to the Coronavirus outbreak. Several years ago he coauthored a report entitled “Weathering the Storm: Leading Your Organization Through a Pandemic,” which is available online:

Weathering the Storm: Leading Your Organization Through a Pandemic

Uncertainty, Disunity and Injustice

IDI Podcast
A conversation between psychoanalyst Ed Shapiro and journalist/humanitarian Ford Rowan about Uncertainty, Disunity and Injustice.

Racial Trauma

A Dialog on How We Can Heal
With The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

Beyond Isolation

Webinar: Returning to an Undistanced Workplace During COVID-19

Academic Activities

Rowan currently serves as a special assistant to the president of the University of Maryland University College. He is also on the board of advisors of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.



Rowan is the author of several published books, as well as dozens of articles, chapters and papers. He is the author of one of the first books on network security and privacy, TechnoSpies (1978) which described the computer network that became the Internet.

Other Activities

Rowan is a member of several for-profit and non-profit boards, including Legg Mason Mutual Funds Management, National Center For Critical Incident Analysis, Touchstones Discussion Project and Kairos Prison Ministry.

Contact Information

Feel free to contact me via email at ford@fordrowan.com or via phone at (301) 873-5001.