Scholar in Residence
School of International Service
- Before becoming a scholar, Professor Margaret Smith worked for some years for the peacemaking NGO Initiatives of Change. She did her doctoral research and the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and was for five years as an associate of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard. She is the author of “Reckoning with the Past: Teaching History in Northern Ireland,” which examines the link between historical memory and conflict, and the possibilities that school history teaching offers as form of post-conflict rebuilding.
DegreesPhD and MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, MA and BA, Boston University
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Dr. Smith’s research interests include nationalism and ethnicity, European history, conflict resolution, and uses of memory.
Grants and Sponsored Research
- Recipient of summer research grants for the Washington Semester Program from American University, 2001 – 2004.
- Annual research grants to associates at the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Harvard University from the Hewlett Foundation, 1997 -1999.
- Research Grant, British Council, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 1997.
- Research Grant from the William Donner Foundation’s grant to the Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, May 1997.
Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Harvard Program on Negotiation, 1994.
- Certificate in Editing and Publications, Georgetown University School of Continuing Education, 1984.
Work In Progress
- Contributing author to a history of the wars of the 1990s in former Yugoslavia, produced by the Scholars’ Initiative
- "Education and Post-conflict Recovery," in Barry Hart, ed., University Press, May 2008.
- Reckoning with the Past: Teaching History in Northern Ireland. University Press, January 2005.
- Book Review, People, Peace and Power by Diana Francis in Peace Review 15, 2 (June 2003).
- Book Review, Between Eden to Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence and Peacemaking by Marc Gopin in Peace Review 13, 4 (December 2001).
- Paper Presentation, “Forgiveness and Empowerment,” at Interdisciplinary.net conference in Salzburg, Austria, March 7-9, 2008.
- Paper Presentation, “Trauma and Forgetting,” at a conference at the University of Denver, entitled Peacebuilding and Trauma Recovery: Integrated Strategies in Post-War Reconstruction, February 22-24, 2007.
- Taught in a week-long seminar, entitled Tools for Change, on the subject of “Healing History,” organized by Initiatives of Change, Switzerland, July 2006.
- Chaired a panel at the American Historical Association annual meeting, where the work of The Scholars’ Initiative was presented, January 2006.
- Member of The Scholars’ Initiative: Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies, a series of team efforts to write a history of the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s. Participating in Team 11 – Living Together or Hating Each Other. 2003 – present.
- Participated in a “by-invitation” three day conference entitled “Unite or Divide? The Challenges of Teaching History in Societies Emerging from Violent Conflict,” organized by the United States Institute for Peace, November 2005.
- Addressed the Board of the Tredegar Civil War Museum, Richmond, Virginia, on “History and Reconciliation,” June 2004.
- Paper Presentation, “The Tenacious Hold of Historical Memories.” Presented at the International Studies Association annual conference, Montreal, March 2004.
- Addressed the Connecting Communities Fellowship Program, Richmond, Virginia, on “Healing History,” January 2004.
- Program Coordinator, Initiatives of Change, Inc.
- Conference coordinator, Initiatives of Change, Inc.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Annual research grant to associates at the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Harvard University from the Hewlett Foundation
- Research Grant, British Council, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Research Grant from the William Donner Foundation’s grant to the Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy