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Faculty Profiles

The study of International Peace and Conflict Resolution draws on political science, cross-cultural communication, sociology, international relations, social psychology, anthropology, and international law. Our faculty are deeply engaged in some of the most pressing issues of our times, promoting dialogue in Palestine and Israel, bringing communities together in Sudan and Cyprus, promoting the peaceful reintegration of child soldiers in West Africa, strengthening civil society in Pakistan, improving the participation of women in peacebuilding in the Balkans and Northern Ireland, transforming post-conflict societies in Latin America, training UN peacekeepers and civil society leaders in negotiation and dialogue, and advancing the peacebuilding policies and practices of the United States government and international organizations among others.

In their research and teaching, IPCR Faculty examine the causes, impacts and termination of war and mass violence holistically and address the practical and theoretical dimensions of peacebuilding. Thus, the IPCR program enables students to understand how cultural and psychological factors--as well as power politics and economics--can drive systemic forces that contribute to war and peace. A constructive approach is also offered in learning the processes of nonviolent conflict resolution and transformation.

Program Director

Anthony Wanis-St. John

Anthony Wanis-St. John

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Associate Professor

Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John researches  international negotiation: military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations and peace processes in particular. He has created several advanced courses on negotiation for SIS, ranging from interperson... [More]

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Core Faculty

Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Mohammed Abu-Nimer

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Professor

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, serves as Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute. He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in confl... [More]

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Charles Call

Charles Call

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Associate Professor

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Call, an associate professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, focuses on post-war peacebuilding, statebuilding, democratization, human rights and police and justice reform. He has conducted field research in Central... [More]

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202-885-1693
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Ronald Fisher

Ronald Fisher

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Professor

Dr. Ronald Fisher is a professor of International Relations in the division of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. He was the founding coordinator of the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, a... [More]

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Carolyn Gallaher

Carolyn Gallaher

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Associate Professor

I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns of violence of militias, paramilitaries, privat... [More]

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Abdul Aziz Said

Abdul Aziz Said

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Professor

Dr. Said is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the endowed Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a range of activities, both on ... [More]

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202-885-1632
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Susan Shepler

Susan Shepler

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Associate Professor

Dr. Shepler's research interests include youth and conflict, reintegration of former child soldiers, post-conflict reconstruction, refugees, education and economic development, NGOs and globalization, transitional justice, and childhood studies. In a... [More]

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202-885-2454
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Term Faculty

Jeffrey Bachman

Jeffrey Bachman

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Professorial Lecturer

Jeff Bachman is a Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs MA Program. His teaching and research interests focus primarily on U.S. foreign policy and human rights. He is also interested in the rol... [More]

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Stephen Dalzell

Stephen Dalzell

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Professorial Lecturer

Steve Dalzell is a professorial lecturer at SIS. Dr. Dalzell’s research interests include urban security, civil-military operations, and various aspects of US military strategy, force structure and personnel management. His current research focuses o... [More]

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202-885-6821
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Doga Eralp

Doga Eralp

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr Eralp is a scholar-practitioner of international conflict resolution with more than a decade of experience in international dialogue facilitation. His work focuses on international conflict, culture, human rights, collective memory, international ... [More]

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202-885-6830
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Claudia Hofmann

Claudia Hofmann

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr Claudia Hofmann is the Director of the Master in International Service (MIS) program at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, ... [More]

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202-885-6728
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Shadi Mokhtari

Shadi Mokhtari

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Assistant Professor

Shadi Mokhtari specializes in human rights, Middle East Politics and Political Islam. She has an extensive background in human rights and women’s rights issues in the Middle East and Muslim World. She is the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Huma... [More]

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Barbara Wien

Barbara Wien

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Professorial Lecturer

Since 1981, Barbara Wien has worked to stop human rights abuses, violence and war.  She has protected civilians from death squads in conflict zones, led eight nonprofit organizations, taught alternatives to war and violence at six universities, and d... [More]

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Adjunct Faculty

Hrach Gregorian

Hrach Gregorian

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Adjunct Professor

Hrach Gregorian is President of the Washington D.C.-based research organization, the Institute of World Affairs (IWA). He is member of the Graduate Faculty, School of Peace and Conflict Management, Royal Roads University; Adjunct Professor and Resear... [More]

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Fereshteh Simone

Fereshteh Simone

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Scholar in Residence

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Associate Faculty

Ken Conca

Ken Conca

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Professor

Dr. Ken Conca’s research and teaching focus on global environmental governance, environmental peacebuilding in war-torn societies, environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system, water governance, and environmental policy analysis. He... [More]

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Emeritus Faculty

Ronald Fisher

Ronald Fisher

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Professor

Dr. Ronald Fisher is a professor of International Relations in the division of International Peace and Conflict Resolution. He was the founding coordinator of the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, a... [More]

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Abdul Aziz Said

Abdul Aziz Said

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Professor

Dr. Said is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the endowed Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a range of activities, both on ... [More]

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202-885-1632
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