Pamina FirchowPamina Firchow, Principal Investigator

Pamina is Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her research interests include political violence, transitional justice (especially victim reparations), reconciliation and peacebuilding. In particular, she is interested in the study of the ‘local turn’ in peacebuilding and the international accompaniment of communities affected by mass violence. Before entering academia, Firchow worked on the worldwide campaign to stop the spread of illicit small arms and light weapons. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Roger Mac GintyRoger Mac Ginty, Principal Investigator

Roger is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and the Department of Politics, University of Manchester. His main research interests are in peacemaking processes in civil war, political violence and post-war reconstruction. His latest book is Handbook of Peacebuilding (Routledge 2013) and he edits the journal Peacebuilding.

Naomi Levy, Lead Quantitative Investigator

Naomi Levy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University. She specializes in post-conflict statebuilding, and is particularly interested in the relationship between ordinary citizens and the state. Her work asks how individuals’ understandings of their various political identities are shaped by the state’s delivery of public services, and, in turn, how these understandings affect inter-group dynamics and state legitimacy. She also includes methodological questions as part of her scholarly pursuits.

Levy has published in International PeacekeepingPolityThe Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and in Politics, Groups and Identities and has received funding for her work from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Minerva Initiative.

Levy received her PhD (2009) from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds an MA (1998) in Social Sciences of Education from the Stanford University School of Education.

Montserrat Lopez Skoknic, Project Manager 

Montserrat Lopez Skoknic holds a BA in Political Science from the Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile, and an M.Sc. in Global Affairs from the Center of Global Affairs at New York University (NYU). Most recently, Montserrat worked on the Latin America and Caribbean Program at the Department on Higher Education for Development in Washington, DC. While there, she provided research and administrative support on international development projects focused on human rights, education, and women’s leadership. She also participated in the internship program of the Organization of American States (OAS). At the OAS, she worked in the Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, conducting research in access to justice for women and sexual and reproductive health rights. Prior to coming to the United States, this native Chilean worked for three years at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Santiago.

Currently, Montserrat is a PhD. candidate at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where her dissertation research centers on history education and transitional justice.