Timothy Seidel works at the intersections of peacebuilding, development,
politics, and religion. He is a doctoral candidate and adjunct instructor in the
School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. Seidel
has worked in various development and peacebuilding contexts in North America
and the Middle East. His current research draws from discourse and postcolonial
theory to look at peacebuilding and nonviolent resistance in Palestine. Seidel's
dissertation is an inquiry into the discursive construction and obfuscation of
Palestinian subjectivity by examining narrations of nonviolent resistance in and
about Palestine. He is interested in interpretivist research methods that
include discourse, narrative, and ethnographic approaches.
2001-2003 American University, School of International Service, Washington, DC
Master of Arts, International Peace and Conflict Resolution
2001-2003 Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
Master of Theological Studies
1995-1999 Messiah College, Grantham, PA Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Cultural Anthropology
Previous Employment Experience
2013-Present Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA Adjunct Instructor
2007-2012 Mennonite Central Committee Akron, PA
Director, Peace and Justice Ministries
2004-2007 Mennonite Central Committee Bethlehem, Palestine
Peace Development Worker, Palestine Program
1999-2001 New Testament Christian School, Norton, MA
High School Science and Math Teacher
Peacebuilding and conflict transformation; global development; nonviolence and
civil resistance; religion and politics; theological studies; postcolonial and
critical theory; anti-oppression practice; Middle East studies; interpretivist
research methods including discourse, narrative, and ethnographic
“Culture, Religion, and Politics in International Mediation” (with Mohammed
Abu-Nimer) in The Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research and Practice,
ed. Alexia Georgakopoulos (London: Routledge, 2017).
“Religion, Politics, and Conflict Transformation in Israel and the Occupied
Palestinian Territories” (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer) in Conflict Transformation
and the Palestinians: Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation, eds.
Alpaslan Özerdem, Chuck Thiessen, and Mufid Qassoum (London: Routledge,
"Peace and Reconciliation Processes" (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer) in The
Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, John Stone,
Xiaoshuo Hou, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova, and Anthony Smith, editors
"Development as Peacebuilding and Resistance: Alternative Narratives of Nonviolence in Palestine-Israel" in Nonviolent Resistance in the Second Intifada: Activism and Advocacy, Maia Carter Hallward and Julie Norman, editors (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
“The Claims of Modernity: Liberal Peace, Sacred Violence, and State Sovereignty,” International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, March 2016 & International Studies Association-Northeast, Providence, RI, November 2015.
“‘Occupied Territory Is Occupied Territory’: James Baldwin, Palestine, and the Possibilities of Transnational Solidarity,” International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, March 2016 & Peace and Justice Studies Association, Harrisonburg, VA, October 2015.
“Religion and Politics in International Peacebuilding: Challenges and Possibilities” (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer), International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.
“‘Where Is the Palestinian Gandhi?’: Power and Resistance in Late Modernity,” International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, February 2015.
"Narrating Nonviolence: Postcolonial Interrogations of Resistance in Palestine," Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington, DC, November 2014.
"Exploring Religion and the Post-Secular in Peacebuilding Theory and Practice," Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), San Diego, CA, October 2014.