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Susan H. Allen

Assistant Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Expertise: conflicts in Eurasia, the Caribbean, Africa

Nan is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution. She has engaged long-term in conflict resolution in Eurasia, as well as contributing to a variety of conflict resolution initiatives in Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Africa. Nan's current research centers on coordination in conflict resolution. Her work on this topic has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the William and Flora I. Hewlett Foundation, Compton Foundation and the Catalyst Fund. Nan serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

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Mark Goodale

Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology

Expertise: Bolivia, Latin America

Goodale is an anthropologist who specializes in international law, human rights and culture, morality across cultures, and different types of conflict.

He has been conducting research in Bolivia since 1996 and as a Fulbright scholar he studied Romania’s efforts to reform their political and legal institutions in preparation for accession to the European Union in 2007.
He is the author of two books: Surrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights (Stanford University Press, 2009) and Dilemmas of Modernity: Bolivian Encounters with Law and Liberalism (Stanford University Press, 2008).

He is currently writing two new books, one a volume of essays on human rights and moral creativity, the other a study of revolution and counterrevolution in contemporary Bolivia. In 2007 he became the series editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights, a book series with Stanford University Press.

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Susan F. Hirsch

Associate professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Expertise: Tanzania, Kenya, addressing terrorism and other forms of extreme violence though U.S. and international justice syste, conflicts over Islamic law

Hirsch is the author of "In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief and a Victim's Quest for Justice," a personal account of her experiences during the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Tanzania, the loss of her husband as a victim of the attack and the subsequent trial of four defendants.

Her previous book, “Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court,” is an ethnographic analysis of how gender relations are negotiated through marital disputes heard in Kenyan Islamic courts. Fluent in the Swahili language, she has conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania since 1985, supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, the National Science Foundation, Wesleyan University, and Duke University, and she has held residential fellowships at the National Humanities Center, the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress (Rockefeller Fellowship), the American Bar Foundation, and Northwestern University’s Law and Social Science Program.

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Jeremy Mayer

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Director, Masters of Public Policy Program

Expertise: media, foreign policy, public opinion

Mayer published a groundbreaking study, “Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000,” as well as articles and chapters on presidents and elections. Mayer has extensive media experience, appearing on national and international programs including “World News Tonight,” “The Newshour,” “Headline News” and CNBC. He has also given multiple lectures on behalf of the U.S. government on American politics in countries around the globe including Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Portugal.

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Dennis J.D. Sandole

Professor of Conflict Resolution and International Relations, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

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Expertise: Russia, Georgia, Balkans (Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia), Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq, European Union, Ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, foreign policy decision making, international relations, arms control and disarmament, peace and security in post-cold war Europe, terrorism, third party roles in conflict resolution

Sandole is a professor of conflict resolution and international relations at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), at George Mason University. A founding member of ICAR, Sandole received his Ph.D. in politics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He has been a William C. Foster Fellow as Visiting Scholar with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), where he worked on the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) negotiations. More recently, he completed a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in the postgraduate programs in international studies at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria.

His publications include: "Conflict Management and Problem Solving: Interpersonal to International Applications"; "Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice: Integration and Application"; "Capturing the Complexity of Conflict: Dealing with Violent Ethnic Conflicts of the Post-War Era"; "Peace and Security in the Postmodern World: The OSCE and Conflict Resolution"; and "A Handbook of Conflict Analysis and Resolution."

Within the context of ICAR's working group on war, violence and terrorism, Sandole and some of ICAR's Ph.D. candidates assembled the volume, "Terrorism: Concepts, Causes and Conflict Resolution," which was published in December 2002 by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The working group completed its second volume, "Apocalyptic Terrorism: Understanding the Unfathomable," in March 2004.

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