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Dr. Leslie Dwyer, Director Leslie-Dwyer (2) Leslie Dwyer is the Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict, and is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on issues of violence, post-conflict social life, transitional justice, the politics of memory and identity, gender, critical medical and psychological approaches to social suffering, and globalizing discourses of human rights, social activism and psychosocial repair. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001 after completing a dissertation entitled “Making Modern Muslims: Embodied Politics and Piety in Urban Java, Indonesia.” From 2001-2003 she was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation International Peace and Security fellowship and a H.F. Guggenheim Foundation grant for field research on political violence in Indonesia. From 2003-2009 she taught at Haverford College, where she coordinated the Peace and Conflict Studies program. She joined the faculty of ICAR in the fall of 2009. Professor Dwyer’s current research project, which has been supported by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace, addresses the aftermath of political violence in Bali, Indonesia. Working in collaboration with the Balinese anthropologist Degung Santikarma and with university and activist colleagues in Indonesia, she has spent over four years conducting intensive ethnographic fieldwork on how the state-sponsored violence of 1965-66, in which an estimated 500,000-1 million Indonesians were massacred as alleged communists, shifted cultural landscapes, shaping possibilities for personhood, political agency, community identity and narrative. She has published a number of essays on this work, focused on the social and political production of forgetting, on ritual as a site of gendered reworkings of state history, on the gendered politics of post-conflict speech, and on discourses of reconciliation and the production of “civil selves” and “transitional citizens” after violence. Professor Dwyer’s other current interests include an ethnographic research project and collaborative film on how Indonesians seeking asylum in the U.S. are navigating the social and political fields that have emerged out of the U.S. “war on terror”; a summer institute to train Indonesian and U.S. students social science research methods for human rights work in collaboration with the Center for History and Political Ethics (PUSDEP) at Sanata Dharma University in Jogajakarta, Indonesia; and participation on the Board of Directors of the developing Envision Peace Museum ( in Philadelphia.

BethDegi headshot Elizabeth Mount, Executive Director

Elizabeth Degi Mount is the executive director of CGC, and is a sociologist whose work focuses on gendered violence.   Elizabeth has served as a consultant to non-profit organizations dedicated to addressing gender equity, NGOs including the United Nations, and major U.S. government contractors, on a range of issues addressing gendered violence, international development, women’s empowerment initiatives, and public policy related to sexual violence, harassment, and equity.

For the past three years, Elizabeth has been a Dean’s Fellow at S-CAR, working closely with faculty and administration to expand the school’s capacity and focus on gender.  In 2012, she was a fellow at the Faculty of Sociology at the National Research University- Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, where she completed research on the implications of cultural norms of masculinity on legislative responses to gender-based violence.  Elizabeth’s research interests center on the relationship between masculinity and aggression, specifically cultural concepts of masculinity and femininity that are used to justify systemic violence.  She has conducted ethnographic research projects on gendered violence in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Russia.   Her work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets including Advances in Gender ResearchUnrest Magazine, and Women’s Political Leadership Monograph.

Elizabeth holds a BA in Print Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. and an MA in Sociology from George Mason University focusing on gender-based violence.  She is a Doctoral Candidate at S-CAR.

Sandra Cheldelin, ICAR

Dr. Sandra I. Cheldelin, Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Sandra Cheldelin is the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) and an eminent scholar on issues of gender and conflict. Cheldelin began teaching CONF 723 “Gender and Conflict” in 2000, and at the time was the sole woman on faculty at S-CAR. In the preceeding thirteen years, she has served as a driving force behind the appointment of several talented faculty members committed to addressing gender and conflict, especially during her 3 year tenure as the School’s Director beginning in January 1999. In 2010, Cheldelin and Leslie Dywer collaborated with the Dean to establish the S-CAR Gender Program, the precursor to the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict. A licensed psychologist and expert in organizational conflict, she has been keynote speaker and invited lecturer on workplace issues of violence, change, race, gender and conflict. She has facilitated large-scale interethnic and interfaith community dialogues on topics of fear, terrorism, violence and suspicion. Cheldelin has convened large and small groups for a variety of purposes including the development of a national policy on policing for victims of violent crime, creating a 10-year institutional strategic plan, and designing and implementing neighborhood strategies for building community resilience. She is coauthor (with Ann Lucas) of Conflict Resolution, (Jossey Bass, 2004) and co-editor (with Daniel Druckman and Larissa Fast) of Conflict: from Analysis to Intervention (Continuum, 2003). She serves on a variety of conflict resolution related boards. Cheldelin has had faculty appointments with each of her administrative positions at several colleges and universities including Provost at the McGregor School of Antioch University, Academic Dean at the California School of Professional Psychology (Berkeley campus), and Director of Educational Development at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 11.16.41 PMGedeon Patrick Hakizimana, Fellow Gedeon Patrick Hakizimana is a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict. For the last three years he has worked with a refugee agency in Philadelphia managing a state funded employment program, assisting newly arrived refugees to reach self-sufficiency. During this time Patrick started a mentoring program between established professionals in the Philadelphia area and refugees who are seeking to advance their careers. Patrick attended Eastern University and earned a bachelors degree in political science in 2008. He went on to complete a Masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University in May 2011 with a focus on reconciliation in Central Africa. Patrick, a native of Rwanda spent many years in the Democratic Republic of Congo among those displaced due to the Rwandan genocide and DRC civil war. While living in a refugee camp, he worked with Cartas Internationalis assisting with providing nutrition to children. Patrick’s life experiences in a conflict zone are what inspired him to work towards peace and conflict resolution. He regularly speaks to students and young people about his experiences in the Rwandan conflict seeking both to raise awareness and inspire them towards peace. Patrick speaks five languages including English, Kinyarwandan, KiSwahili, Lingala and French. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking and photography.


Catherine Walsh, Program Officer Catherine Walsh is in her final semester of the Master’s of Science program at S-CAR. She hails originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, but as an alum of The George Washington University has been in the DC area for a number of years. She has a background in Political Science, and as such has been exposed to various opportunities, including campaigning, interning at the DCCC, and most recently, working at a local political think – tank. Having studied abroad in Florence, Italy her junior year, she is a lover of all Italian food. She comes to S-CAR to further explore her interests of international conflicts and the process of conflict transformation. She is especially passionate about gender equality and peacebuilding in post –conflict contexts.

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