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Peace and Conflict Studies

Examination of conflict from various perspectives and the change that is possible.

The field of peace and conflict studies emphasizes analysis and resolution of conflict, and helps students to develop complex conflict-analysis and research skills and to apply theory to solve problems.



Clark was a Teach for America corps member teaching high school math, where she co-authored a social-justice curriculum and worked to institute restorative-justice practices. She has gone on to get her master’s degree at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and is now a federal consultant at Deloitte in Washington D.C.

Career Options

  • Law
  • Ombuds
  • Politics
  • Education
  • Nonprofits
  • Intelligence
  • Public policy
  • Counseling or therapy
  • International peacemaking
  • Organizational development
  • Non-governmental organizations


  • Grant writing
  • Research
  • United Nations
  • Social media
  • Democracy revitalization
  • Opportunity finance network
  • Communications management
  • Urban planning


  • Duke University
  • American University
  • University of Michigan


  • An assistant in the music division at United Talent Agency
  • Candidate for a Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in Urban and Regional Governance
  • An assistant to a rock star
  • Consultant at Deloitte
  • Community outreach coordinator at a criminal justice ministry program
  • Grant writer
  • Operator of a nonprofit
  • Lieutenant in the U.S. Army
  • Director of human resources
  • Intelligence analyst level II
  • Publicist at a major publishing company
  • University director of multicultural affairs and diversity and engagement associate Manager for a division at UNICEF


Derek Ford, Ph.D., Syracuse University. Professor of education studies Author of two texts: “Politics and Pedagogy in the ‘Post-Truth’ Era” (Bloomsbury, 2019) and “Education and the Production of Space” (Routledge, 2017). Assistant editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. His favorite course to teach is EDUC 290: Radical Philosophy and Education.

David Gellman, Ph.D., Northwestern University. A.W. Crandall professor of history and chair of the History Department. Studies colonial and revolutionary- era North America, slavery and abolition. Has written or co-written three books on those topics, including “Emancipating New York: The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777-1827” (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006).

Rachel Goldberg, Ph.D., Syracuse University. Associate professor of peace and conflict studies and director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. Studies environmental/public policy; intercultural conflict and conflict resolution; and connections between religion, spirituality and conflict. Has written on and co- founded multidimensional conflict resolution, including the book “Faith and Practice in Conflict Resolution” (Kumarian Press) and a pilot project of it in East Harlem, New York City.

Lydia Wilson Marshall, Ph.D., University of Virginia. Edward Myers Dolan professor of anthropology and associate professor of anthropology. Winner of the 2018 John L. Cotter Award for excellence in early-career scholarship from the Society for Historical Archaeology. Editor of “Archaeology of Slavery: A Comparative Approach to Captivity and Coercion.”

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