Summer Institute Fellows
Adedayo is a public health physician and the projects director of Healthmatch, a research and outreach organization based in Lagos Nigeria. He is involved in HIV/AIDS control, prevention, conflicts management and developing health information systems in Nigeria. His current interests are peace building, infectious disease epidemiology, research ethics and public health informatics.
LEYRE BENITO OTAZU
Leyre, originally from the Basque Country in Spain, has a background in political science and international relations specializing in South East Asia. She is primarily focused on Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia, where she has worked for UNHCR as an Eligibility Officer, interviewing and assessing the claims to refugee status of Montagnard asylum-seekers (the term “Montagnards” refers to the ethnic minority groups who live in the Vietnamese Central Highlands). Leyre is interested in forced population movements, the role of ethnicity in the construction of political identities, and in the ways in which the state and society influence one another during political transition. She received her MA in South East Asian Studies from the University of London and her MA in International Relations and Communication from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She currently lives in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Michael, a native of Philadelphia, is currently a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. His principal areas of research are international security and American foreign policy. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the strategic use of 'revenge' attacks in post-conflict states, with case studies on Kosovo and East Timor. Michael is particularly interested in policy-oriented research, specifically on methods international authorities use to establish public order in deeply divided states. A graduate of La Salle University, Michael holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University, and an MA and Ph.D. in International Relations from Cambridge University. He served as a predoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University in 2003-2004.
Gabor is a Researcher at the Institute of Sociology in Budapest (Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Three main research areas: comparative cultural sociology of historical films (PhD in 2003 at the EHESS, Paris, and at the Eotvos University, Budapest); sociology of education: school policies and inequalities (projects financed by the European Commission); ethnic studies (Roma, Chinese in Hungary and ethnic Hungarians living in the neighboring countries). Lessons given in Sociology (BA) and in Sociology of Culture (MA). Publications mainly in French or Hungarian and some in English. Coeditor of a book in ethnic studies (to be published in 2005, in Hungarian).
MIRIAM CORONEL FERRER
David is a doctoral level clinical psychologist who coordinates pre-doctoral psychology internship training at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment in Philadelphia. He is also in private practice in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. His doctoral degree is in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida (1991). David also completed the three year advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis. He has experience treating refugees and is interested in making ethnopolitical issues a part of mainstream psychiatry residency training and core curriculum for clinical psychology programs. His interests include mental health treatment of refugees and the role of narcissism in the perpetuation of conflict.
Thomas is Director of the Iraq Program at Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR). He oversees the design, development, and implementation of CICR's program that seeks to contribute to the growth of sustainable peace in Iraq. Through March 2005, Thomas had made seven field visits to Iraq to work on projects that included development of university curriculum in conflict resolution, training of potential mediators to handle property disputes in Kirkuk, and conflict resolution capacity building for community leaders. Before joining CICR, he worked for 12 years as a reporter at the New York Daily News and other daily newspapers. Thomas earned his MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University with a concentration in International Conflict Resolution and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca is a forensic psychologist from the UK currently working in Kakuma Refugee Camp for the Jesuit Refugee Service in northwest Kenya. She is responsible for the counseling services in the camp, managing a group of 45 refugee community counselors, maintaining a refuge for women and children at risk of violence and abduction, and running a program for single teenage mothers. Previously she worked as a university lecturer in Liverpool, carrying out research primarily in the area of gender and the criminal justice system. Rebecca has experience working with life-sentenced prisoners in high-security prisons, helping them identify personal deficits and developing reform and improvement programs.
Molly is an Associate Country Director at the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI). She manages technical legal assistance programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and she coordinates ABA/CEELI's conflict mitigation and human rights program. Because of her regional and functional foci, much of her work addresses war crimes accountability. Molly holds an MA in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo. Her thesis evaluates factors influencing minority return in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She received her BA from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs and German Literature. Her main interests with regard to ethnopolitical conflict are in IDP and refugee issues.
NGUN CUNG "ANDREW" LIAN
Tina Nebe specialises in the fields of racism, gender equality and ethnoreligious conflict, especially in Europe and in the Middle East. She holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute and currently works as a Consultant at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva and as chargée de recherche at the Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po in Paris.
Ian is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a former ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Government, University of Essex, and Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Queen's University in Belfast and his MA in Philosophy from University College in Cork. Ian's current research explores the implications of deliberative democratic theory for questions of institutional choice in divided societies. He is the co-editor of New Challenges of Power-Sharing: Institutional and Social Reform in Divided Societies (forthcoming 2005) and author of Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies (forthcoming 2006).
INMACULADA SERRANO SANGUILINDA
Inmaculada is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the Juan March Institute, in Madrid, and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Her dissertation project deals with violent conflict, displacement, andreturn. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Salamanca and an MA in the social sciences from the Juan March Institute. Inmaculada currently volunteers for organizations which work with refugees, displaced persons, and immigrants in Spain and the Balkans. In 2003 she was a participant in the Summer Course on Refugee Issues at York University in Toronto.
EUGENE K.B. TAN
2003DANUTA BERLINSKA firstname.lastname@example.org BRITT CARTRITE email@example.com BrittCartrite is a postdoctoral fellow currently in residence at the Solomon Asch Center. Dr. Cartrite earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2003) and a masters from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2000). During his time at the Asch Center Britt is working on a number of projects.He is extending his dissertation research on ethnopolitical mobilization in Western Europe to develop a model grounded in a Complex Adaptive Systems framework. He is collaborating with Professor Ian Lustick on "Virtualstan," an agent-based model evaluating the impact of succession crises on three distinct types of authoritarian regimes. Based on fieldwork in Scotland conducted in May 2004, Britt is exploring the impact of local cultural variation on identity formation and subsequent political activism. In addition, Britt is working on a project testing hypotheses of voter behavior in European Parliament elections. Britt also teaches courses for the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. JULIE CHALFIN firstname.lastname@example.org Julie is a postdoctoral fellow currently in residence at the Solomon Asch Center. Dr. Chalfin earned her doctorate from the Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at Claremont Graduate University (2003). During her year at the Center, Julie is supporting the efforts of the Center's Refugee Initiatives Program. This includes developing, implementing, and evaluating psychosocial programs that assist refugees living in refugee camps, and collaborating with local and international organizations that address refugee issues. Julie will also develop articles for publication based on her doctoral dissertation research which addressed the application of models in social psychology to understand the international conflict management process. In addition, Julie will represent the Asch Center at the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution meetings and facilitate collaborative relationships with local organizations in South Africa. ELIZABETH DOERING email@example.com SANDRA DUNGACIU firstname.lastname@example.org DONALD ELLIS email@example.com Donald Ellis is a Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Hartford. His Ph.D. is from the University of Utah where he began his work on conflict and group processes. He has also been on the faculty of Purdue University and Michigan State University. His research interests are in the area of language and communication theory with particular emphasis on communication practices between ethnic groups in conflict. His work seeks to examine the relationship between micro linguistic and interaction processes and macro social and communicative categories such as culture, ethnicity, and dialogue. He is currently involved in research pertaining to dialogue groups between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians. Don is the past editor of the journal Communication Theory and the author of numerous journal articles. His books include Contemporary Issues in Discourse Processes, Small Group Decision Making, From Language to Communication, and Crafting Society: Ethnicity, Class, and Communication Theory. He also works in his home community with dispute resolution organizations. LANDON HANCOCK firstname.lastname@example.org Landon Hancock is a recent graduate of George Mason University where he earned his doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He also holds a BA and MA in international relations from San Francisco State University. His research interests center around comparative ethnic conflict causes, processes, intervention strategies and long-term resolution, focusing on the elements of identity that drive these conflicts. He has authored several articles for peer review journals including Civil Wars and International Studies Perspectives and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as one year teaching high school in Japan. For 2003/04 Landon will be teaching conflict resolution at George Mason and at American University. DANIEL HOLLAND email@example.com Daniel Holland graduated from Oberlin College in 1986 with a B.A. in literature, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1992. Following his residency in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dan was a faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Medicine for three years, where he was the Director of the Brain Injury Program. He left Missouri to spend time traveling through Nepal and Tibet, studying the relationship between disability and spirituality in remote monasteries there. When Dan returned from South Asia, he studied health policy and legislative process in Baltimore and Washington D.C. for a year. Since 1999, he has been a faculty member in the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 2001, he received a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health, and since 2002 has held a joint appointment in the Dept. of Health Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dan was a recipient of the Contemplative Practice Fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies in 2001, a fellowship that allowed him to develop educational methods that integrate mindfulness meditation into the university curriculum for health promotion purposes. He was a Fulbright Fellow in 2002, teaching at a medical school in the Slovak Republic and conducting research on disability activism and health promotion activities with vulnerable groups in post-Communist Eastern Europe. This Spring 2003, he will be a visiting faculty member at the Karl Franzens Universitat in Graz, Austria, where he will be collaborating on projects involving behavioral health promotion in Central and Eastern Europe. Much of Dan's professional interest involves identifying how Civil Society organizations and grassroots groups can serve as critical providers of community health promotion for vulnerable groups in developing and transitional countries. ELODIE HUGON firstname.lastname@example.org EMMANUEL KARAGIANNIS email@example.com Emmanuel Karagiannis is a political and security analyst specializing in the Caucasus and Central Asian regions. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of International Politics at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research in Almaty. In December 1999, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Hull's Department of Politics and International Studies in Great Britain. His field of research was the connection between pipeline development and ethnic conflict in the Caucasus. He received his B.A in European Community Studies from South Bank University in London and an M.A in International Security Studies from the University of Reading. He has written extensively about energy geopolitics in the former Soviet Union and ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus and Turkey. He is the author of the book Energy and Security in the Caucasus (New York: Routledge, May 2002). ABDUL LAMIN firstname.lastname@example.org CHRISTIAN LEUPRECHT email@example.com Christian Leuprecht is a Social Sciences and Humanities of Canadapost-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. His current research includes a political demography of liberal-democratic governance, a political demography of federalism, and a political demography of military recruitment, and a comparative investigation of strategies for ethnic-conflict regulation on Mauritius and Fiji. He holds Master's degrees in political science and French from the University of Toronto, a D.E.A. from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at the Universite Pierre Mendes-France in Grenoble, and read for his Hon. B.A. in political science, French and history at the University of Toronto. His publications have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Innovation: A Journal of Politics, the Canadian Review for Studies in Nationalism, and Public Integrity. You will find him on the web at www.christianleuprecht.com MEHARI MARU firstname.lastname@example.org MALIKA MISTRY email@example.com RICHARD MOLE firstname.lastname@example.org SHANEE STEPAKOFF email@example.com Shanee Stepakoff, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, is currently working with the Center for Victims of Torture's (CVT) mental health program for Liberian refugees in refugee camps in Guinea, West Africa, providing trauma counseling and clinical supervision, as well as training paraprofessional counselors, health care personnel, teachers, and community leaders in war trauma and related issues. Prior to CVT, from 2002-2004 she was the primary clinician for the Sept. 11th Response Project in the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where she provided psychotherapy for Massachusetts-area families who had lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks. Since 2002, she has also taught annually in the graduate program in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University in Israel. She has completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Child Development at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a postgraduate certificate program in Trauma Studies at the Trauma Center in Boston, a postgraduate fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. She is a Registered Poetry Therapist, and has a particular interest in the role of poetry and the creative arts in healing from political trauma. Shanee is also a professional member of NTL, an organization that has pioneered the use of small groups as a tool for exploring race relations and social change. ROBERT STOCKWELL firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Stockwell recently completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Bob's background is in Comparative Politics and Political Theory. His dissertation consisted of a comparative analysis of four diverse, developing countries (Mauritius, Trinidad, Guyana, and Fiji), and examined the impact of elite agency, political institutions, and economic development on democracy and ethnic conflict outcomes. His research interests include democratic/democratization theory, democracy in ethnically diverse countries, elite agency/leadership, political institutions/constitutional engineering, electoral systems, political culture, economic development, and nationalism. He is currently working on a critical review of Fiji's constitutional review process. Bob is now living in Santa Cruz and looking for a teaching position in the area. EPHRAIM TABORY Ephraim Tabory was born in the United States but moved to Israel where he has been living for over 30 years. He teaches social psychology in the Sociology Department at Bar Ilan University, Israel, and also serves as the deputy director of the university's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Conflict Management and Resolution. Ephraim's main areas of academic interest relate to intergroup relations in Israeli society, particularly between religious and nonreligious Jews in Israel and other countries; the impact of religious affiliation and religious denominationalism on intergroup tolerance; and the relationship between social and residential segregation and mutual attitudes of divergent groups. HANNA ZAGEFKA Hanna.Zagefka@rhul.ac.uk
Hanna completed her PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Kent in 2004; her thesis focused on perceived relative deprivation and conditions leading to collective action in ethnic minority members in the UK and Germany. After a brief interval at the University of Sussex, she started a Lectureship in the Psychology Department of Royal Holloway, University of London. Broadly speaking, her research interests concern psychological processes related to intergroup relations (e.g. social identity, ethnicity, acculturation, relative deprivation, intergroup contact, prejudice, discrimination, conflict resolution). She has investigated these issues among samples of ethnic minority and majority members in several European countries, as well as in Chile.
Cath is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. A native South African, Dr. Byrne earned her doctorate from the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno (2002) and her M.A. in International Peace Studies from the Joan B. Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame (1995). During a postdoctoral year at the Solomon Asch Center, Cath developed a number of articles for publication based on her doctoral dissertation research. The articles address theoretical and empirical aspects of social psychological and sociological accounts theory as applied to a human rights context. How real victims respond to perpetrators' explanations for such severe atrocities is the focus of one of the papers. Another addresses victims' evaluations of participating in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a third examines the logistical, emotional, and ethical challenges of conducting a research project with such traumatized individuals.
Jon is presently a doctoral student in social psychology at Princeton University and holds a M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology from Kansas State University. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, Jon taught at the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership as a major in the USAF. His research interests include psychological construction and attributions of legitimacy and illegitimacy about political and judicial institutions in the U.S. and south Asia (Sri Lanka and the Kashmir), retaliatory violence/counterforce, white separatism, divergent Aryan identity narratives (present and historical) in the U.S. and south Asia (Indian Hindutva, Sinhalese Buddhism, and Euro-American Wotanism), and cognitive hardiness as a stress resiliency resource.
B. M. JAIN
Ashraf received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University (Indiana). He is currently completing an Asch Center postdoctoral fellowship in South Africa where he is also on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch. Among Ashraf's research interests is the applicability of Euro-American systems of psychiatric nosology in developing countries that have been affected by political turbulence. He is also interested in the psychological reactions of former political detainees who have survived torture, and in developing evidence-based interventions aimed at ameliorating psychological disturbance in this population.
Mikhail is currently a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. His research interests focus on understanding how various aspects of race and ethnicity (e.g., identity development, contact with a different culture) affect psychological adjustment, as well as on how these aspects are impacted by different intervention programs (e.g., diversity workshops). His dissertation examined how acculturation strategies and cultural involvement affected the psychological adjustment of elderly immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
Cynthia Stevens took a leave of absence from her job at IBM to participate in the Summer Institute, which provided a way to reconnect with her graduate work at Columbia University 30 years ago and her first career as a foreign correspondent in Bangladesh and South Africa. She has a Masters degree in International Affairs. With the academic foundation provided by the Asch Center,she now intends to further her knowledge of ethnopolitical conflict through ongoing reading and research. Her particular interest is in constitutional frameworks that address minority demands, as in Spain and Moldova. She plans to contribute to the field through consulting.
Eun-Jung is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Columbia University School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her primary research interests involve the psychosocial and mental health consequences of ethnopolitical violence and atrocities. More specifically, Eun-Jung's is developing a research program that includes (a) culturally sensitive and contextually relevant assessments of traumatic events and their psychological sequelae given a unique set of sociocultural and political conditions, (b) development, training, and evaluation of psychosocial interventions and treatment programs for survivors of political torture, war violence, and human rights violations, and (c) investigations of the individual and social risk factors as well as protective factors that moderate the expression of psychopathology and impact functioning in those exposed to adverse events.
Georgios Terzis is the Media Programs Director at Search for Common Ground/ European Centre for Common Ground and an adjunct assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. He received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel and he also studied Journalism and Mass Communication in Greece, U.K., USA and the Netherlands. He has organized media and conflict resolution programs and trainings for journalists from Angola, BiH, Cyprus, Greece, the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Roma.
Mryia is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Intercollege, Cyprus and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. The title of her thesis was "A Struggle for Independence: Women's Attitudes and Practices in Cyprus." Myria has been involved for several years in conflict resolution in Cyprus, Ireland, and Israel with particular emphasis on gender and ethnic identities. She has also worked on domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and gender awareness issues in Cyprus. Her primary research interests include the interrelationship of national identities, ethnicity, and gender.
Jill holds M.S. degrees in Public Health and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her dissertation, conducted through the Australian Public Health System, examines the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral group therapy on depression. Prior to the Asch Center Summer Institute, Jill was PTSD Program Coordinator for the Rutgers Anxiety Disorder Clinic. Following a one-year internship specializing in refugee mental health at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Jill is currently a postdoctoral fellow in primary health care at Michigan State University. Jill has previously served as a Volunteer, and Associate and Country Director for the Peace Corps. She worked in Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic, and Guatemala. Her areas of special interest are the integration of refugee mental health in primary health care and also program design and evaluation.
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Adam received the Ph.D. in social and cultural psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with Asch Center directors Paul Rozin and Clark McCauley. He has held postdoctoral positions at the Asch Center, the Duke University Medical Center, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has held faculty positions at Dickinson College and at Philadelphia University. He is currently Assistant Professor of psychology at the Arizona State University. His primary research interests include the effects of religion on moral judgment and forgiveness processes.
Dinka received her Ph. D. in psychology in 1997 from University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she currently holds a teaching position. She has conducted research investigating several psychosocial assistance programs for refugees in Croatia, and she led a project entitled "Encouragement of interethnic tolerance and reconciliation" which was implemented in local communities in Croatia. Dinka's areas of interest include prejudice, national identity and interethnic tolerance, and factors, contributing to reconciliation processes.
Roy Eidelson is Executive Director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his A.B. in Psychology from Princeton University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to his work at the Asch Center he also maintains a clinical and consulting practice. His primary research interests focus on how five core beliefs or "dangerous ideas" about vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness influence not only the thinking and perceptions of individuals in their personal lives, but also the collective worldviews of groups as small as a family or as large as a nation.
TRESA LYN (Teri) ELLIOTT
Teri L. Elliott, Ph.D. a licensed clinical psychologist, specializes in Disaster Mental Health and teaches, and consults nationally and internationally on topics such as Children and Trauma, Crisis Intervention, Psychological Support, and Disaster Response and Preparedness. Dr. Elliott is on the American Red Cross National Disaster team, and also works with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and is a member of the response roster for providing psychological support program training to countries throughout the world. She responds to and helps develop emergency response plans for natural and manmade disasters such as floods, school crisis and terrorist attacks. Dr. Elliott's expertise has brought her under contract to write one of the only books on Psychological First Aid and her booklet entitled "Handling the Aftermath of Armed Conflict and Displacement" has been translated into Albanian and Serbian. She also has a new chapter out "Children and Trauma: An Overview of Reactions, Mediating Factors, and Practical Interventions" in The Psychology of Terrorism: Clinical Aspects and Responses, C. E. Stout (ed.). Praeger Press. Dr. Elliott is active in research and is working on topics such as: the impact of training and trauma work on helpers, media representations of conflict and their implications, cross cultural views of bullying and bystander behavior, the psychological impact of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and the development and evaluation of psychosocial programming for disaster-impacted populations.
ARACELI GARCIA DEL SOTO
Araceli holds a B.D. in Social Psychology, a M.A. in Social Sciences from the Complutense University and the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, and a Ph.D. in Sociology. She is currently the Director of Refugee Initiatives at the Solomon Asch Center. Previously, she taught at the University of Salamanca in Spain (1996-2000), and currently she teaches in the Masters for International Development Program at the University Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid. Araceli is a member of the Board of the International Rescue Committee in Spain (IRC). Since 1993 she has also been actively involved in providing psychosocial assistance to refugees in Slovenia (with the Slovenska Fondacija), Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia, and Albania, and in the formulation of proposals for different funding agencies (primarily from the European Union), working also with the OSCE as a supervisor in the Balkans' elections since 1996. She is engaged in collaborative research at various academic centers, including the Latin American Institute of the University of Salamanca. She has published on mental health and psychosocial assistance to refugees in English and Spanish, and her 1999 book "Representaciones Sociales y fundamentos de Cultura Politica" received the Spanish Center for Constitutional Studies Award. Among her research interests are Third Sector Strategies and NGO management, generational differences in conflicts, and evaluation of overseas projects for psychosocial assistance.
Francisco received his M.A. degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in cultural/biological anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Francisco has completed a year as a Fellow at the Solomon Asch Center and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology of the University of Pennsylvania. He has done extensive field work in Mongolia. Francisco's research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and anthropology and focus on cognition, evolution, ethnicity, and prestige.
Alan has been actively involved in conflict resolution since retiring from academia in 1986. He has volunteered as a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer at many venues in New York City where he has served as Acting Senior Director and 9/11 Family Mediation Coordinator for the Safe Horizon Mediation Program. He has also worked as ombudsman for the American Psychological Association, the New York Mayor's Action Center, and the NYC Office of the Public Advocate. Alan's other involvements include consulting (he holds a Stanford MBA), organizing national and international businesses, hosting a talk radio show and driving a night taxi. He was formerly Psychology Professor and Department Chair at the University of Maryland.
Beatrice is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. In addition to her participation as a Summer Institute Fellow, Bea assisted with the administration of the 1999 Asch Center Summer Institute. Her undergraduate research focused on cultural psychology, deviance and social control, ethnopolitical conflict, and the comparative justice systems and political movements. On a research grant from Penn, Beatrice spent summer 2000 in India, studying identity negotiation in urban mixed-marriage (inter-religious, inter-caste, inter-linguistic) families. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, where she is pursuing research relating to her interests in identity formation/negotiation, barriers to conflict resolution, transmutation of communal rhetoric into mobilized violence and potential for aggravation and assuaging of ethno-ideological divides through transnational flows of political and economic capital.
Alan was trained as a political theorist, with a particular interest in the role of language and rhetoric in the formation and maintenance of political identities. He has been a lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University and a lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. His first book, "The Democratic Question: Rethinking Democratic Openness in a Time of Political Closure" is forthcoming from Stanford University Press. As an Asch Center Fellow, Alan is currently conducting research on how those working for human rights and an end to the civil war in Sri Lanka negotiate the strategic and ethical dilemmas basic to their work. A central focus is the way in which efforts to establish political and legal accountability for abuses of power and violations of human rights are necessary to any lasting settlement of Sri Lanka's civil war (and its other, overlapping conflicts), even as such efforts make a negotiated settlement harder to achieve in the first place. His fieldwork aims to test the usefulness of the dominant paradigms of conflict resolution against this and other difficult realities of Sri Lanka's long-running conflict. Are there, perhaps, languages of accountability -- perhaps still to be invented -- that can help loosen, rather than entrench, the cycles of insecurity, anger, and recrimination that lock people into established patterns of violence and suffering? Some of his thoughts on the difficulties of conflict resolution attempts in Sri Lankan are available at: http://www.ctrlaltesc.org/article.pl?sid=01/06/10/057232&mode=thread
Sal received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1999. His clinical works has focused on PTSD and anxiety disorders, couples therapy, addictions, and psychological testing. Sal has conducted research one parenting styles in urban minorities, treatment outcome comparisons of cognitive vs. behavioral therapy, and cognitive late effects of radiation and chemotherapy in pediatric oncology patients. As an Asch Center Fellow, Sal worked overseas at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. His areas of interest include trust-building/conflict-resolution, policy interventions/media issues, refugee mental-health issues, and program evaluation.
Lorraine holds an MA and a Ph.D. in Sociology and is currently on the faculty at the University of Chicago. Her research has focused on ethnic relations, social inequalities (gender, race, and class), blocked opportunity structures, refugee resettlement, and humanitarian intervention for Southeast Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners, Latin Americans, and Eastern Europeans in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Lorraine has been a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Program, she has worked at the United Nations, and she is a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration.
Charles is a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Rhodes University in South Africa. He is currently on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Additionally, Charles serves as a consultant to a variety of anti-violence projects, including the Amy Biehl Anti-Violence Trust; the Cape Town Trauma Centre; and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. His research interests focus on reconciliation and forgiveness within community/aggrieved group contexts. Charles is an Executive Committee Member of both the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and the Professional Board for Psychology of South Africa.
Alan received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology (with a minor in Organizational Behavior) from Indiana University in 1999. His dissertation is entitled "Evidence that Minimal Group Favoritism Is Normative." Prior to his graduate training, Alan served as a U.S. Naval Officer on two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea. As an Asch Center Fellow he completed two years of research in South Africa. He is currently holds a lecturer position at Queen's University in Belfast. Alan's primary research interests include the nature of social identification and ethnopolitical conflict; contributing and mitigating factors; and the characterization of conflicts of varying intensity.
S.K. is currently on sabbatical from his position with the Indian Administrative Service where he has worked for 30 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from Patna University in India and studied Development Finance at Birmingham University in the United Kingdom. His federal governmental duties have included work in the Defense Ministry, the Commerce Ministry and the Department of Culture. In the state government of Orissa he has worked as a regional administrator, implementing development programs, maintaining law and order, and performing judicial and quasi-judicial duties including issues of refugees and ethnic conflict. At the State Secretariat, S.K. worked in the Finance Department and the Department of Community Development. His experience also includes heading two government corporations--the State Warehousing Corporation and the State Electronics Development Corporation--as CEO. In these positions S.K. was closely associated with labor negotiations and the reconciliation of disputes. During his sabbatical S.K. is working on public policy issues relating to civic society and governance. His research interests also include various dimensions of ethnopolitical conflict and forgiveness as it occurs in India and the United States.
Ulrike received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland where she currently holds a research officer position for a project about Forgiveness and the Reduction of Intergroup Conflict, funded by the Templeton Foundation. She has done fieldwork relating to ethnopolitical conflict in both Northern Ireland and South Africa and she was involved in evaluative work of cross-community projects. Her research interests revolve around broad social science perspectives on social change and social identity.
Diane holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and currently practices family and Jungian analytical psychotherapy in the suburban Philadelphia area. She has a variety of active involvements in the political and peace psychology arenas. Diane's areas of research interest include the image of the enemy, gender and violence, "Political Intelligence" and conscious politics, political development of the person, psychoneuroimmunology, the Holocaust, and PTSD.
Carolyn was a 1999 Asch Center Summer Fellow in the first summer program. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is presently also affiliated with the Dept. of Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City and works with the NGO Pro-Natura International-Nigeria (PNI-N). Her background has been as a cognitive ethologist conducting experimental field studies of animal cognition and behavior. Presently she focuses on human conflict and risk analysis in Nigeria's strife-torn Niger Delta and beyond. She is also involved in community development efforts through PNI-N's programs in Nigeria. Her field work has included sites in mainland USA, the Arctic, and Africa.
Steve is currently Reader, Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool.He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology in 1995 from Columbia University in New York City. His dissertation research was based on three years of fieldwork among the Shuar of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Steve examined the changing forms of conflict among the Shuar in the context of their incorporation into the Ecuadorian state and capitalist economy, focusing primarily on witchcraft accusations and conflicts within their political federation. He is now undertaking a related project in which he will investigate the ethnic boundary between Shuar and Euro-Ecuadorian settlers. In 2002 the University of Nebraska Press published his book Alejandro Tsakimp: A Shuar Shaman in the Margins of History.
CHAMPIKA ("K") SOYSA
Champika recently received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is on study leave from a teaching position at the Department of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, which has the only university-based undergraduate program in psychology in the country. For her dissertation she is studying the psychological impact of ethnic violence on children in Sri Lanka from cognitive-behavioral and cultural psychology perspectives. In consultation with NGOs in Sri Lanka, Champika has worked with both internally displaced refugees and with peace movements in regard to the ethnic war and the women and children who have survived political violence.