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Firchow 2017I am Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses. My research interests include political violence, transitional justice (especially victim reparations), reconciliation and peacebuilding. In particular, I am interested in the study of the international accompaniment of local communities affected by mass violence. My specific focus is on the role of concept formation in the measurement and evaluation of external interventions and how local people can be included in these processes. Therefore, my work supports efforts that promote participatory numbers and mixed method research, such as the Everyday Peace Indicators.

I earned my PhD in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.  I also hold an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and an MA in International Relations & Peace and Conflict Studies from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was a Rotary Peace Scholar.

I have received support for my research from the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Agency for International Development, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rotary Foundation, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Geneva.  I also serve as a consultant to international peacebuilding organizations such as International Alert, Conciliation Resources and the United States Institute of Peace where I was a Senior Jennings Randolph Fellow.

Prior to arriving at George Mason, I was a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies where I taught undergraduate and graduate courses and served as the Associate Director of the PhD program in Peace Studies. Before entering academia, I worked for several NGOs on the worldwide campaign to stop the spread of illicit small arms and light weapons. This enabled me to work closely with civil society and international organizations to experience first hand the challenges confronting human security today. These experiences led me to my current scholarly work which is situated in villages and neighborhoods affected by conflict, mainly in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa where I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia and Uganda.

“As a scholar and practitioner my work goes beyond the University, which means that my research goal is to impact policy, practice and people through academic inquiry.”