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IPCR Faculty

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

  1. Hrach Gregorian, Practitioner in Residence

    SIS - School of International Service

    Hrach Gregorian is Practitioner-in-Residence, School of International Service, American University. He is a Strategic Partner at the Washington-based INGO, RESOLVE, and a member of the graduate faculty at Royal Roads University and the Centre for Mil… More

    Send email to Hrach Gregorian

    (202) 885-6698

Core Faculty

  1. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

    Send email to Mohammed Abu-Nimer

    (202) 885-1656

  2. Charles Call, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Charles “Chuck” Call, an associate professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, focuses on post-war peacebuilding, statebuilding, democratization, human rights and police and justice reform. He has conducted field research in Central… More

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    (202) 885-1693

  3. Susan Shepler, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

  4. Anthony Wanis-St. John, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John researches international negotiation and mediation: military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations and peace processes in particular. He has created several advanced courses on negotiation for SIS, ranging fro… More

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    (202) 885-1544

Term Faculty

  1. Jeffrey Bachman, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Jeff Bachman is a Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs MA Program. His teaching and research interests focus primarily on U.S. foreign policy and human rights. He is also interested in the rol… More

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    (202) 885-6826

  2. Susanna Campbell, Assistant Professor

  3. Doga Eralp, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

  4. Carolyn Gallaher, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    I do research in two distinct areas—organized violence by non-state actors and urban politics In the first area, on which I have spent more time, I examine the politics, internal dynamics, and patterns of violence of militias, paramilitaries, privat… More

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    (202) 885-1827

  5. Claudia Hofmann, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

  6. Shadi Mokhtari, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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 author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Huma… More

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    (202) 885-6570

  7. Barbara Wien, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of Intl Service

    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

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Adjunct Faculty

  1. Alexander Cromwell, Instructor

    SIS - School of International Service

    Alex Cromwell is an Instructor at the School of International Service. His research and teaching interests include peace education, peacebuilding evaluation, intercultural competence, transformative learning, identity, and conflict transformation. He… More

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    (202) 885-6650

  2. Philip Gamaghelyan, Adjunct Instructor

    SIS - School of International Service

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  3. Claire Metelits, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Claire Metelits received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on non-state armed actors and governance, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. She worked as an advisor to US Army TRADOC and US Africa Comman… More

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  4. Kwaku Nuamah, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  5. Margaret Smith, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

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    (202) 885-1564

Associate Faculty

  1. Ken Conca, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

Emeritus Faculty

  1. Ronald Fisher, Professor Emeritus

    Dr. Ronald Fisher is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program. He was the founding coordinator of the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Cana… More

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    (202) 885-1547

  2. Abdul Aziz Said, Professor Emeritus

    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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