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Barbara Wien Sr Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

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(202) 885-6429 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
East Quad Bldg - 309
9:30 AM to 12 NOON Mondays and Thursdays in person, 2:30 to 4 PM Mondays and Thursday by appointment, over Zoom and by phone
Additional Positions at AU
Senior Professorial Lecturer
Afflilated Faculty MA Program in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights

Favorite Spot on Campus
Book Currently Reading
PEOPLE POWER: RECLAIMING THE ENERGY COMMONS by Ashley Dawson; and BLACK SNAKE: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline and Environmental Justice by Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys
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” four times by foundations and academic societies, Barbara 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 The Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, Defense One, National Public Radio, Australian Broadcasting, Nuclear Times, and broadcasts in India, Uganda, Zambia, Palestine-Israel, and Australia.
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Spring 2021

  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

  • SISU-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Nonviolence & Peace in Action

  • SISU-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Nonviolence & Peace in Action

Fall 2021

  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

  • SISU-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

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

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