As an anthropologist and specialist in post-conflict transitional justice, I have spent the past two decades working in partnership with a range of organizations, from international NGOs to grassroots community collectives, analyzing conflict dynamics and devising effective strategies for pursuing peace and justice.
participatory ethnographic approaches to conflict
All too often, what we think we know about conflict is a reflection of the positioning and perspectives of elites, who may have very different interests than those they claim to represent. As an anthropologist, my research, teaching and practice emphasize the power of participatory, ethnographic approaches to conflict, privileging a diversity of narratives.
ADDRESSING THE GENDERED DYNAMICS OF CONFLICT
As Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, I bring a deep concern with gender to my work. My approach to gender is intersectional and dynamic, and emphasizes moving past a narrow focus on the inclusion of women towards a broader understanding of how a gendered focus transforms our understanding of conflict itself. As a scholar-practitioner, I have conducted field-based research and generated analysis and policy recommendations on gender, conflict, transitional justice, peace-building and gender-based violence in Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal. I have taught classroom-based and field-based courses on gender and conflict, and delivered workshops and talks to academic, governmental and non-governmental audiences in the U.S. and internationally. I have designed curricula to educate development professionals about gender issues in conflict, and led gender training internationally.