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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. He has created several advanced courses on negotiation for SIS, ranging from interpersonal skills and ... [More]

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202-885-1544
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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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202-885-1656
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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, democratization, human rights and policing and justice reform. He has conducted field research in all of Central Ameri... [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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202-885-1547
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Julie Mertus

Julie Mertus

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Professor

Professor Julie Mertus has written widely on human rights and gender, conflict, the Balkans, U.S. foreign policy and U.N. institutions. She is the author or editor of ten books, including Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy, named "... [More]

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202-885-2215
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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 professor of human rights, with a focus in genocide, counterterrorism and human rights, media coverage of human rights events, and state responsibility and individual accountability for violations of human rights law and internation... [More]

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202-885-6826
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Stephen Dalzell

Stephen Dalzell

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Professorial Lecturer

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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 Editor in Chief of the Muslim World Journa... [More]

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202-885-6570
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Neil K. Shenai

Neil K. Shenai

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Professorial Lecturer

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202-885-1612
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Adjunct Faculty

David Alpher

David Alpher

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer



Mubarak Awad

Mubarak Awad

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Mubarak 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 Nonvi... [More]



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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Joseph Groves

Joseph Groves

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Adjunct Professor

Dr. Joseph Groves formerly served as a professor of religious studies and the 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 Cent... [More]



Tarek Maassarani

Tarek Maassarani

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

At American University, Tarek Farouk Maassarani is a lecturer in the field of peacebuilding and an adviser to the Dialogue Development Group. He also provides dispute resolution services, including mediation, dialogue facilitation, training, peace ed... [More]



Colman McCarthy

Colman McCarthy

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Adjunct Professor



Dane Smith

Dane Smith

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Adjunct Professor

Dane F. Smith, Jr. is adjunct professor in American University’s School of International Service and at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, and a senior fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College. He is a Senior Associate in the Post-Conflict Recon... [More]



Barbara Wien

Barbara Wien

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Adjunct Instructor

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]



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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202-885-6391
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Carolyn Gallaher

Carolyn Gallaher

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Associate Professor

Carolyn Gallaher is a broadly trained political geographer. Her work blends insights from political economy and cultural studies and is focused on two substantive areas of inquiry—the role of paramilitaries in irregular warfare and the influence of t... [More]

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202-885-1827
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John Robert Kelley

John Robert Kelley

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Assistant Professor

John Robert Kelley is an assistant professor at the School of International Service, American University. Professor Kelley’s involvement in the study of public diplomacy over the last decade has coincided with a sharp increase in interest in the fiel... [More]

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202-885-1558
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Shoon Murray

Shoon Murray

Professor Shoon Murray’s writes about the American foreign policy political process. Her most recent books are The Terror Authorization: The History and Politics of the 2001 AUMF (June 2014) and Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy... [More]

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202-885-1630
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Cathy Schneider

Cathy Schneider

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Associate Professor

Cathy Lisa Schneider writes and teaches on social movements, collective violence, policing, criminal justice, immigration and racial and ethnic discrimination in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Her publications include the books Police ... [More]

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202-885-1666
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Shalini Venturelli

Shalini Venturelli

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Associate Professor

Dr. Shalini Venturelli is Associate Professor of International Communication and International Relations, in the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.  Professor Venturelli is Director of the Global Public Media Resear... [More]

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202-885-1635
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Wanda Wigfall-Williams

Wanda Wigfall-Williams

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Wanda Wigfall-Williams has negotiated with terrorists, and facilitated dialogues with paramilitary groups. She has developed counter-trafficking campaigns in Eastern Europe, Asia, and West Africa.She has taught graduate-level course at George Mas... [More]

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202-885-2632
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Scholars-in-Residence

Fereshteh Simone

Fereshteh Simone

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Scholar in Residence

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202-966-7698
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Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

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Scholar in Residence

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202-885-1564
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