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Faculty Profiles

The study of International Peace and Conflict Resolution draws on a variety of academic disciplines. Our faculty members are trained in political science, cross-cultural communication, sociology, international relations, social psychology, anthropology, international law, and counseling. They are deeply engaged in some of the most pressing issues of our times, promoting dialogue in the Middle East and Africa, improving the participation of women in peacebuilding in the Balkans and Northern Ireland, transforming post-conflict societies in Latin America, and conducting hostage negotiations both in the United States and internationally.

In their research and teaching of conflict and violence, IPCR Faculty examine alternative paradigms and analyses of how domestic and international policies and systems work in relation to peace and conflict. Thus, IPCR can integrate the study of cultural and psychological factors contributing to violent conflicts; social, economic, and political factors; and systemic forces that drive social systems toward violence. A constructive approach is also offered in studying the processes that can lead to nonviolent conflict resolution and transformation.

Mubarak Awad

Professor Awad is the Founder and national President of the Youth Advocate Program, which provides alternative foster care and counseling to "at risk" youth and their families. He is also the Founder of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem, and was deported by the Israeli Supreme court in 1988 after being jailed for organizing activities involving nonviolent civil disobedience. Prof. Awad has since formed Nonviolence International, which works with various movements and organizations across the globe.

Santiago A. Canton

Professor Canton is the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS). Previously he was the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. Mr. Canton holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master degree in International Law from the Washington College of Law of the American University. During 1998 he was Director of Public Information for the OAS. From 1994 to 1998 Dr. Canton was Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), a democratic development institute based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Canton was a political assistant to Mr. Carter in the election processes in Nicaragua and Dominican Republic.

Dr. Scott Edwards

Dr. Edwards is Project Manager for the Science for Human Rights project at Amnesty International, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and researches issues at the intersect of political violence and conflict, human rights, and aid provision. His dissertation, “A Composite Theory and Practical Model of Forced Displacement,” advances a computational model of flight for purposes of forecasting humanitarian crises, and current research activity focuses on early warning/risk assessment models.  Prior to his current post with Amnesty, Scott served as AIUSA's Country Specialist on Sudan from 2003-2008.

Dr. Edmund Ghareeb

Dr. Ghareeb is the American University's Center for Global Peace's first Mustafa Barzani Scholar of Global Kurdish Studies. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Middle East history and politics in the School of International Service at American University. He is an internationally recognized expert on the Kurds, Iraq, and media issues. He has also taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Virginia and McGill University. He is the author of “The Kurdish Nationalist Movement” and of the “Kurdish Nationalist Movement” and “The Kurdish Question in Iraq” and is the co-author of “War in the Gulf” recently issued in paperback by Oxford University Press. He is the editor of “Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media”. Dr. Ghareeb has written and lectured widely on US policy towards the Middle East, US-Arab relations, Arab-Americans, the American media and its coverage of the Middle East and the Information Revolution in the Arab World, Iraq, the Kurds and the Gulf. He worked as a journalist for many years and has been widely interviewed by major American, Arab, European and Asian media outlets.

Joseph Groves

 Dr. Groves lives in Washington, DC, is an adjunct faculty member of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, and is the Program Coordinator for the Fellowship of Reconciliation's Interfaith Peace-Builders Program for Palestine and Israel. He was Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, for 20 years and is a founding member of and continues to work with the Beloved Community Center, the Jubilee Institute, the Peace and Justice Network, and the Friends of the Greensboro Poor Peoples' Organization in Greensboro. He was the Training Coordinator for Middle East Witness from 1989-93.

Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah 

Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah is President and Managing Director of Kommon Denominator, Inc. She advised and worked on strategic projects related to conflict prevention and mitigation, training and education, and capacity building on the national and international levels. She has participated in a number of global conferences on Conflict Resolution, International Women’s Leadership Development, and has been a speaker and participant at various national and international forums.

As President and Managing Director of Kommon Denominator, Inc. she has developed innovative solutions and provided services to a number of Fortune 500 companies, government and not for profit organizations. She has designed and delivered highly successful small and large-scale interventions in corporate, community and international settings. She is a skilled facilitator and is a Virginia Court Certified mediator. Dr. Abdul-Hadi Jadallah is the recipient of the 2008 Woman Business Enterprise of the Year, D. C. region award conferred by the Woman Presidents Education Organization (WPEO) and is also the recipient of the Top 100 Minority Business Award (2007), awarded by the University of Maryland, The Governor’s Office for Minority Affairs and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Abdul-Hadi Jadallah earned her Ph.D. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her dissertation research titled “Reflections on Practice: The Impact of 9/11 on Conflict Resolvers” focused on the impact of a critical event – 9/11 - on the practice of conflict resolvers. She teaches graduate level courses on cross cultural mediation, conflict resolution     practice and protracted conflicts in lead academic institutions. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, American University School of International Service / International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University School of Government / M.A.  Program in Conflict Resolution, Affiliate faculty at the Women’s Center at George Mason University, and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Peace at American University.    

Dr. Abdul-Hadi Jadallah serves her community through active board participation. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, the Board of Directors of Northern Virginia Mediation Services (Past President),a member of the original advisory board for Peace x Peace, and member of Board of Directors, Institute for Victims of Trauma, McLean, VA. She is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Women in International Security, Virginia Mediation Network and Rotary International.

Fera Simone

Professor Simone completed her Ph.D. in Intellectual History and Political Theory from the University of Colorado and went on to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the American Studies Program at Yale University. Simone is currently involved in a study of S.G.W. Benjamin, the first American envoy to Iran in 1833-1885. Simone is the founder of the Women International Network for Community Leadership and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Women International Center for Democracy, and Nonviolence International. Simone has served as a visiting professor at The George Washington University, an Associate and Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Tehran University where she also served as the Dean of Women and Deputy Associate Director for Student Affairs. As a journalist, Simone served as a Managing Editor and International Broadcaster for the Voice of America at the USIA, a regional editor of the Journal of American Studies International at The George Washington University, and Assistant Director of Research and Publication at the Franklin Book Company in Tehran. Her publications include A History of American Social and Political Developments, Tehran University Press 1978, and A Study of Social and Political Thought of Mirza Malkam Khan Nazim Ud Dula, Franklin Book Programs, Tehran. 1975.

Dane Smith

Professor Smith earned an A.B. from Harvard College and a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  He also studied at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Sudan 1986-89 and in Botswana 1984-86. He directed the African Economic Policy Staff 1989-90 and was Chief, Food Policy Division, in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, 1979-81. He was appointed by President Clinton, while concurrently directing the State Department’s Office of West African Affairs as Special Presidential Envoy for Liberia 1995-1996.  He was Ambassador to Guinea 1990-1993 and President of National Peace Corps Association from 1999-2003.  He is currently a consultant on peacebuilding, democratization and private sector growth, leading teams examining effective humanitarian and development interventions overseas, especially in Africa.  He lectures on African history and culture and trains expatriate teams to work effectively in Africa, drawing on 17 years of residence and travel in 32 African countries.

Katherine Guernsey

Professor Guernsey is an adjunct professor at American University where she teaches courses in human rights. Professor Guernsey holds a Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School. She has been a member of the Ohio Bar since November 2000 and a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States since June 2004. Professor Guernsey works as a consultant and legal counsel providing international law, human rights, disability and international development expertise to a variety of governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental actors. She recently joined the United States International Council on Disabilities as the Director of Education and Outreach. She is also a Practitioner in Residence and Professorial Lecturer with the American University Summer Human Rights Institute.

Colman McCarthy

Professor McCarthy is an adjunct professor at American University. He holds a BS degree from Spring Hill College.  Professor McCarthy is the Founder and Director of the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington D.C.  Prior to this position, Professor McCarthy was a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post from 1969-1997.  He has taught courses on nonviolence and the literature of peace at universities and high schools in the Washington D.C. area since 1982.

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