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Seth Freeman

Seth Freeman

Joined Stern 2007

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-51
New York, NY 10012

Personal website


Seth Freeman most recently joined New York University Stern School of Business in 2007.

Professor Freeman's expertise is in conflict management and negotiation, and he teaches a variety of courses on the subject at Stern. He has also taught at programs around the world including Sun Yat-Sen University's EMBA program in Guanzhou, China, and Bordeaux School of Management in France. He also teaches at Columbia University.

He has an active training and consulting practice and has trained leaders at the United Nations, at leading law firms, Fortune 500 companies, church groups, and non-profits. He also regularly teaches at Stern Excecutive Education.

Professor Freeman is the creator and presenter of the Great Courses™ The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal. His columns and interviews have been published in the New York Times, Time magazine, the Washington Post, Fortune, Bloomberg TV, USA Today, and other major media.

His research focuses on ‘building golden bridges’- ways that, by design, help wary people together find harmony and prosperity.

Prior to his academic career, he practiced corporate and securities law with large firms in New York. His work in private practice included transactions involving initial public offerings, corporate restructurings and aircraft financing. A trained mediator, Professor Freeman has also served as a mediator for the Queens Mediation Center.

Professor Freeman received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

For Professor Freeman’s personal website for students of conflict management and negotiation, visit

For Professor Freeman's personal website on negotiation practice, visit

Research Interests

  • ‘Building golden bridges’- ways that, by design, help wary people together find harmony & prosperity
  • Overcoming the trust problem with trust supports and other kinds of peace
  • Graduate education curricula

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Topics in Negotiation: Corporate Deals, Decisions & Diplomacy
  • Collaboration, Conflict & Negotiation
  • Entrepreneurial Transaction
  • Negotiating Complex Transactions with Executives and Lawyers

Academic Background

University of Pennsylvania

B.A., Economics
Cornell University

Areas of Expertise


  • Decision Making & Policy
  • Negotiation