Sherrill Hayes

Sherrill W. HayesDr. Sherrill W. Hayes is Director of the PhD in Analytics and Data Science and Professor of Conflict Management in The Graduate College at Kennesaw State University. From 2012-2017, he was director of the Master of Science in Conflict Management and helped co-found the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development.

Dr. Hayes has over 20 years of experience as a respected educator, researcher, and thought leader in the areas of conflict management, program development, and evaluation through his work with families, organizations, court systems, and higher education in the US, UK, and Germany.



  • He has taught over 25 different graduate courses and supervised dozens of masters’ and undergraduate research projects and Ph.D. dissertations.
  • His scholarship has resulted in over 20 publications, more than 50 conference presentations, and invitations to work with organizations and educational institutions in places such as Germany, Ghana, Haiti, and Ireland. 
  • He is co-editor of the 2018 book - "Atone: Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation" and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. 
  • Dr. Hayes received his BS ('97) and MS ('00) in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Ph.D. in Social Policy from Newcastle University, UK ('05).