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    Joshua Fisher, Ph.D.

    AC4 Director

    Josh Fisher received his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, where he studied the ecological drivers of armed conflict. His work coupled geospatial statistics, remote sensing, and econometric modeling to develop spatially explicit forecast models of the likelihood of armed conflict. He received his MS from Utah State University in Political Science and his BS in International Law and Envi [ ... ]

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    Daniel Corstrange, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Daniel Corstange (Ph.D., Michigan, 2008) is currently at work on a book project that examines the institutional incentives that privilege coordination on ethnic political coalitions over "policy" coalitions, and the patronage dynamics that result from reliance on ethnic coalitions.  Professor Corstange's interests in quantitative methods focus on response bias and eliciting truthful answers to sensitiv [ ... ]

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    Aldo Civico, Ph.D.

    Adjunct NECR Faculty

    Aldo Civico is a leading peace-building strategist and a conflict resolution expert. He is the founder and the director of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University, Newark. An anthropologist, he is currently assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rutgers University. In Italy he is the author of La Scelta (Piemme, 1993), the intellectual biography of Ennio Pintacuda, the m [ ... ]

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    Neil G. Boothby, Ed.D.

    Allan Rosenfield Professor of Forced Migration and Health of Population and Family Health

    Dr. Neil Boothby is an internationally recognized expert and advocate for children affected by war and displacement. As a senior representative of UNICEF, UNHCR and Save the Children, he has worked for more than 20 years with children in crises in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. As director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School, his research focuses on the psychosocial conseq [ ... ]

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    Séverine Autesserre, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Séverine Autesserre is a an expert in war, peace, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. She currently works as a Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Autesserre was awarded an AC4 interdisciplinary research award in 2010 and 2011 (competitive renewal) for her work on international interven [ ... ]

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    José Pascal da Rocha, J.D., Ph.D.

    Lecturer - NECR

    José Pascal da Rocha is a faculty member and lecturer with the M.S. program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the City University of New York, teaching on leadership and management, and a lecturer with the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg, Germany, teaching courses in political science. He is also a political adviser and mediator expert. [ ... ]

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    Irwin Redlener, M.D.

    Clinical Professor of Health Policy and Management (Earth Institute)

    Dr. Irwin Redlener is a recognized national leader in disaster preparedness and the public health ramifications of terrorism and large-scale catastrophic events. He and his team have developed major programs to enhance public health and health systems readiness with respect to disasters. He has written and spoken widely on the response to Hurricane Katrina, U.S. readiness for pandemics and the concerns of children a [ ... ]

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    Leslie F. Roberts, Ph.D.

    Associate Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health

    Les Roberts did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. Les was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring [ ... ]

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    Dirk Salomons, Ph.D.

    Senior Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

    Dirk Salomons is the director of the Program for Humanitarian Affairs at the School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University, where he also heads the International Organizations specialization. In his research as well as in teaching, Salomons focuses on the interaction between policy and management in humanitarian operations; he has a particular interest in the transition from relief to recovery in count [ ... ]

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    Jack Saul, Ph.D.

    Director, International Trauma Studies Program

    Jack Saul, PhD, is a psychologist and family therapist, who has worked since the early 1980's in clinical and community settings creating programs that address the psychosocial needs of children and families suffering from domestic, urban, and political violence. Dr. Saul co-founded the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in 1995 and was its clinical director until 1998 when he founded NYU School of Medici [ ... ]

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    Graeme Simpson, J.D.


    Graeme Simpson is working as an independent consultant and Senior Advisor to the Director General of Interpeace, a global peacebuilding organization headquartered in Geneva. Interpeace is working in 18 conflict and immediate post-conflict zones around the world. He has worked extensively on issues related to transitional justice, including work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and on the transfo [ ... ]

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    Scott Smith,

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Scott Smith was a political affairs officer in the United Nations for 12 years, most of those working on Afghanistan, including as the senior political affairs officer and team leader for Afghanistan within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations between 2007 and 2009, and Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, between 2009 and 2010. He also participated in the [ ... ]

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    Marni Sommer, Dr.PH.

    Director of SMS Global Health Track, Sociomedical Sciences

    Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN, has worked in global health and development on issues ranging from improving access to essential medicines to humanitarian relief in conflict settings. Dr. Sommer's particular areas of expertise include conducting participatory research with adolescents, understanding and promoting healthy transitions to adulthood, the intersection of public health and education, gender and sexual heal [ ... ]

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    Elsa Stamatopoulou, Ph.D.

    Director, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

    Elsa Stamatopoulou joined Columbia in 2011. Her arrival marked the completion of distinguished service at the United Nations (Vienna, Geneva and New York) with some 22 years dedicated to human rights. Indigenous issues were part of her portfolio since 1983 and she became the first Chief of the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2003. Last year she taught the first ever course a [ ... ]

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    Catherine Stayton, Dr.PH.

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Catherine Stayton is the Director of the Injury Epidemiology Unit in the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). She oversees the Unit's Female Homicide and Injury Surveillance Systems. She is writing a report on Intimate Partner Violence that brings together multiple DOHMH data sources. Dr. Stayton co-chairs the agency's Domestic Violence Steering Commit [ ... ]

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    Michael Taussig, M.D., Ph.D.

    Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology

    I began fieldwork in 1969. I have returned every year. My writing has spanned different things in roughly the following order; two books in Spanish for local people on the history of slavery and its aftermath, and books and articles in academic journals on the: 1) commercialization of peasant agriculture, 2) slavery, 3) hunger, 4) the popular manifestations of the working of commodity fetishism, 5) the impact of col [ ... ]

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    Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

    My research involves adapting and testing in randomized controlled trials psychotherapy for depressed people across a variety of cultures and contexts. I have collaborated with academic and humanitarian groups in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and have participated in the cultural modification of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for use in resource-poor communities: depressed adults in South Uganda [ ... ]

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    Naomi Weinberger, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Naomi Weinberger’s primary academic interests are in international security studies, with expertise in the Middle East. Her publications include Syrian Intervention in Lebanon (Oxford University Press) and many articles on global peace operations and conflict resolution. She is currently pursuing research on Palestinian security sector reform (for a book to be released by Lynne Rienner Publishers) and on the r [ ... ]

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    Michael G. Wessells, Ph.D.

    Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

    Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former Co-Chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Recently, he was co-focal point on mental health and psychosocial support for the revision of the Sphere humanitarian standards. He has conduct [ ... ]

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    Elwin Wu, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Dr. Wu is an Associate Director of the CUSSW Social Intervention Group and the Co-Director of the HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Racial/Ethnic Minority New Investigators. His practice experience includes direct clinical practice with individuals, couples, and groups with agencies serving primarily the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; evaluation of violence prevention programs for pe [ ... ]

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    Alastair K. Ager, Ph.D.

    Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

    Alastair Ager, PhD, has worked in the field of international health and development for nearly 25 years, after originally training in psychology at the Universities of Keele, Wales and Birmingham in the UK. He was head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Malawi from 1989 until 1992 and Foundation Director of the Institute of International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburg [ ... ]

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    Unni Krishnan Karunakara, Dr.PH.

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health

    Dr. Unni Krishnan Karunakara was appointed International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in June 2010. His first engagement in MSF was in 1995, when he was tasked with setting up a tuberculosis control programme in Jijiga, Ethiopia. He went on to become Medical Coordinator for MSF's activities in Azerbaijan, providing basic health care services to forced migrants from Nagorno-Karabakh, in Brazil [ ... ]

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    Dale Buscher, MSW

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Buscher is the Senior Director for Programs at the Women’s Refugee Commission and oversees the Commission’s research work on refugee livelihoods, refugees with disabilities, LGBT refugees, refugee youth, gender and gender-based violence. Prior to joining the Women’s Refugee Commission in 2005, Buscher consulted with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and wrote their handbook, Operational [ ... ]

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    Social Intervention Group

    The Social Intervention Group (SIG) is a multidisciplinary research center that works to design, test and disseminate effective interventions and health services to local, national, and international communities, which address the co-occurring problems of HIV, drug abuse, intimate partner violence and trauma among vulnerable populations. Since 1990, SIG has primarily focused on intervention and prevention research [ ... ]

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    Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) - Master of Science

    Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution that can be completed on a part- or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University. The graduate program [ ... ]

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    International Conflict Resolution Specialization (ICRS)

    The specialization in International Conflict Resolution (ICR) provides students with an understanding of the root causes of international conflicts and of how conflict resolution takes place on an international level. Students receive practical, hands-on training in various methodologies of international conflict resolution.  The specialization, which builds on curriculum put in place by the Center for Internat [ ... ]

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    International Security Policy Concentration

    The International Security Policy Concentration (ISP) is designed for students interested in political violence and conflict management, defense policy, military strategy, terrorism and unconventional warfare, arms control, intelligence, peacekeeping, coercion, negotiation, and alternatives to the use of force as an instrument of policy. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding conflict and the political [ ... ]

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    Forced Migration and Health, Program on

    Following the 1994 Rwandan genocide, leaders in the humanitarian community recognized an acute need for the training and professionalization of humanitarian aid workers to ensure more effective, informed, and consistent response to future crises. In response, the Mellon Foundation funded the establishment of Columbia University’s Program on Forced Migration and Health in 1998 to begin training the next generat [ ... ]

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    Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative Project

    The Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative is catalysing change in how reproductive health (RH) is addressed by all sectors involved in emergency response, from field services to advocacy, from local aid providers to global relief movements. Developed by Columbia University's Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health in the Mailman School of Public Health and Mar [ ... ]

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    Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)

    The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a leading applied research center and forum dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment. Sustainable international investment (SII) is investment that maximizes economic, social and environmental benefits and minimizes risks for all [ ... ]

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    Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)

    The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) is a consortium for research, practice, and scholarship at Columbia University. We are part of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and are committed to advancing knowledge and best practices in the areas of conflict, violence, peace-building, and sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The consortium seeks to act as a coo [ ... ]