Susan Allen

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Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Carter School

Contact Information

Email: sallen29@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-3653

Campus: Arlington
Building: Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall
Room 5108A
Mail Stop: 4D3

Biography

Susan H. Allen directs the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. She is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution. Her main focus is on reflective practice and research that emerges from practice contexts. She has substantial expertise in intermediary roles and coordination amongst intermediaries, evaluation of conflict resolution initiatives, and theories of change, indicators of change, and evaluation in conflict resolution practice. She has engaged long-term in conflict resolution in the South Caucasus, as well as contributing to a variety of conflict resolution initiatives in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.

Susan Allen joined the Carter School core faculty in 2005 after two years teaching International Peace and Conflict Resolution as Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University. This was a return to the Carter School. Dr. Allen’s Ph.D. (2000) and M.S. (1995) degrees are from the Carter School. Between graduate school and joining the faculty at the Carter School, she co-founded and directed the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and served as Senior Program Associate for the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA.

Susan Allen’s current research centers on catalytic workshops. Her work has been supported by the US Institute of Peace (Peace Scholar award, Grant program), the One Foundation, USAID, the UK Conflict Pool, the US State Department, and the William and Flora I. Hewlett Foundation, Compton Foundation, Catalyst Fund (with ACT), and US State Dept (with ACT).

Susan Allen serves on the Editorial Committee of the journal Peacebuilding and on the Editorial Boards of the African Peace and Conflict Journal, and Caucasus Edition. She is on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT). She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, including as Chair of the Board in 2005.

Honors and Awards

 

  • “Don’t Disturb the Peace: Ethnographic Film and Research in Postconflict Aceh, Indonesia.”, United States Institute of Peace
  • Mary Lynn Boland Award, George Mason University

 

Affiliations

  • Alliance for Peacebuilding - Board of Directors
    Susan Allen serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
  • Alliance for Conflict Transformation - Board of Directors
    Susan Allen serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT).

Media Appearances

  • Voice of America U.S. Analysts Discuss the Future of the Karabakh Conflict
    October 3, 2016
  • EurasiaNet Georgia: Tbilisi Trying New Way to Woo Abkhazia, South Ossetia
    March 16, 2010

In the News

  • Devin Nunes oversimplifies timeline of Obama 'reset' with Russia
    Published on March 19, 2017
    Full article
  • Trump is ‘deprived of all knowledge’ about public schools
    Published on January 23, 2017
    Full article
  • Georgia: Tbilisi Trying New Way to Woo Abkhazia, South Ossetia
    Published on March 16, 2010
    Full article

Presentations and Performances

  • Proposed APT on Counter Narratives on Power
    Apr 16 2013 | Arlington Truland Building
  • "Revisiting the Theory of Reflective Judgment"
    Nov 27 2012 | Arlington Truland Building
  • Narrative Mediation Workshop
    Apr 27 2012 | Arlington

Degrees

  • PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
  • MS, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University