Dept. of Conflict Resolution Studies
- Ph.D. George Mason University
- M.Ed. University of California, Davis
Mary Hope Schwoebel, Ph.D., brings 30 years of experience in the fields of peacebuilding, governance, humanitarian assistance, and development, and has worked for UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral and non-governmental organizations. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, where she spent five years. She then spent six years in the Horn of Africa, managing programs for UNICEF and NGOs in Somalia and Kenya. While raising a family and pursuing her doctorate, she spent 15 years consulting for USAID and its partners, and other bi-lateral, multi-lateral and non-governmental organizations. Most recently, she spent five years at the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the US Institute of Peace, where she developed and conducted training courses in over a dozen countries overseas and in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Schwoebel wrote successful grant proposals for, designed, oversaw, and facilitated dialogue initiatives in war-torn countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria, and Colombia. She also researched and wrote policy-oriented publications on a variety of topics related to international peacebuilding. Dr. Schwoebel has taught as an Adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, American University, George Mason University, and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is the author of a wide range of publications on international affairs, most recently two book chapters - "The Intersection of Public and Private Spheres for Pashtun Women in Politics" in Gender, Political Struggles and Gender Equality in South Asia. Margaret Alston (Ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan Press) and "The Evolution of Somali Women's Fashion During Changing Security Contexts" in The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World. Behnke, Andreas (Ed.) London: Routledge. 2016. Her areas of interest include, peacebuilding and statebuilding, peacebuilding and development, gender and conflict, culture and conflict, and the interactions between indigenous systems of governance and conflict resolution and international interventions.
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