Associate Director, Graduate Enrollment Management
School of International Service
M.A. International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University, B.A., History Education, University of Delaware
Rebecca Coughlin is part of the Graduate Enrollment Management Team at SIS. She focuses especially on working to make SIS a more diverse and inclusive community through targeted recruitment efforts and program development that aims to increase retention of historically underrepresented groups while also building a more inclusive community. She especially enjoys meeting with prospective students and assisting them in identifying the graduate program that best fits their research and professional interests.
Rebecca joined the American University community in 2006 as both staff and student. She previously worked with University Publications as the University’s Photo Librarian (2006-07) and as the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program Coordinator in SIS (2007-2012).
In 2011 Rebecca completed her MA in IPCR with a focus on facilitation of intergroup processes and identity-based conflict. Her thesis focused on understanding how meaningful- but ordinary- contact with a different identity group can contribute to the breakdown of stereotypes in the context of a case study race relations in present-day Selma, AL.
Prior to coming to AU, Rebecca was a high school teacher at her alma mater, Good Counsel High School in Maryland. Studying abroad in South Africa and volunteering in an Americorps Program in Selma, AL strongly influenced her decision to leave teaching to earn a graduate degree that would allow her professional focus to shift to conflict resolution. She currently addresses conflict in the context of on-going structural racial and socio-economic inequities that continue to impact the U.S. and by looking at educational access as a means to addressing these issues.