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Alumni Success Story

Spreading the Word of Good

MA, International Peace & Conflict Resolution, 2003


There may be no better place for a person with graduate degrees in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Theological Studies to land than the place where the former continues and the latter began. Timothy Seidel worked for three years in occupied Palestinian territories as a peace development worker with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). His work focused on building relationships between Palestinian and Israeli groups committed to peace, justice, and reconciliation efforts. Both Seidel and his wife, Christi, lived in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, contributing to regional peacebuilding projects.

Seidel's work with MCC began while pursuing his graduate degree at American University’s School of International Service (SIS). He interned for MCC's Washington, D.C. office during one of his semesters at SIS.

Now back in the U.S., Seidel now works as Director for MCC's U.S. Peace and Justice Ministries. He has authored articles appearing in various Mennonite and Brethren in Christ periodicals, including The Mennonite and Canadian Mennonite, as well as Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and was a contributing author to Under Vine and Fig Tree: Biblical Theologies of Land and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (Cascadia Press, 2007). Seidel still maintains close ties with AU, keeping correspondence with Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, even guest speaking at one of his courses.