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Barbara Wien Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - Peace HR CR

Barbara Wien
(202) 885-6429 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
East Quad Bldg - 309
9:30 AM to 11 AM Tuesdays and Fridays
2:30 to 4 PM Tuesdays and Fridays, or by appointment on all other days by phone or Zoom
Additional Positions at AU
Senior Professorial Lecturer
Department of Peace, Human Rights, and Intercultural Relations

Favorite Spot on Campus
Amphitheater by the stream
Book Currently Reading
Truth & Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice, Dr. Judith L. Herman, 2023

TOMORROW IS TOO LATE, Youth Speak Out on Climate Crisis, 2022
Since 1981, Barbara Wien has worked to end human rights abuses, violence, war, and ecological destruction. She has protected civilians from the death squads in conflict zones and worked to establish 280 programs in the study of peace and conflict resolution on campuses around the world. Barbara is a public scholar and peace practitioner with extensive knowledge of gender violence, peacebuilding, nonviolent social movements, and the political economy of war. She has edited and written 27 books and articles, led eight non-profits, and taught at six universities. Recognized for her leadership and “moral courage” five times by foundations and academic societies, Barbara won the 2022 Mohanji Foundation Award for "Visionary Leadership", and was named "Peace Educator of the Year" in 2018 by the Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a network of 500 campuses in Canada and the U.S. Her students voted her “Professor with the Greatest Impact” in 2018 and 2019, and graduate students voted her “My Favorite Professor” in 2015 and 2017. She was featured in Amy Goodman’s book EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULERS (2003), and The Progressive magazine for opposing the military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq as a U.S. government official. Her interviews include Canadian Broadcasting, the BBC, Progressive Radio International (PRI), The Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, Defense One, National Public Radio, Australian Broadcasting, Nuclear Times, and further broadcasts in Rwanda, Poland, India, Uganda, Zambia, Palestine-Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.

Winner of the 2022 Mohanji Foundation International Award for" Visionary Leadership for Nuturuing the Next Generations of Peacemakers"

"Journey to Ukraine: A Quest for Peace" broadcast on What's Up HUMANITY? July 2022 (part one, 20 minutes)

"Public Policy and My Journey to Activism," Chapter 9 in Environmental Ethics, 3rd Edition, edited by Michael Boylan, 2022


Spring 2023

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Youth Rising

  • HNRS-050 Honors Supplement: Gender and Peace Building

  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

  • SISU-310 Topics Peace/Glb Sec/Con Res: Gender and Peace Building

Fall 2023

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Youth Rising

  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

  • SISU-310 Topics Peace/Glb Sec/Con Res: Nonviolent Struggle: Thry/Prac

  • SISU-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Nonviolent Struggle: Thry/Prac

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

"Women Powering Peace in the Middle East and North Africa", Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Fall 2021


Women’s Leadership in Law, Politics and Peace: Voices of Women From the Middle East And North Africa, Karama conference report, marking the 65th Commission on the Status of Women, March 16-18, 2021

Media Appearances

"All Together Now" – 06.02.22


Eleanor LeCain talks about what’s happening on the ground in Ukraine and how we might supportUkrainians including with nonviolent resistance, with three members of a religious delegation who just returned – Barbara Wien (Professor of American University), Michele Dunne (executive director of Franciscan Action Network, the peace and justice advocacy organization of US Franciscans) and Eli McCarthy (teacher at Georgetown University in Justice and Peace Studies, and author of A Just Peace Ethic Primer).

Nonviolence International 30th Anniversary interview

30 minute version

“Women and the Global Refugee Crisis”

Fairfax County Student Peace Awards

World Affairs Council, International Women’s Day, begin 9:25

Interview for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021 1A, British Broadcasting


“Rape as a Weapon of War” how power, dignity and control can be restored to survivors and communities.

Hosted by the Marie Mambu Makaya Foundation, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  June 2020  begin at 15 minutes 28 seconds