Pamina Firchow, Principal Investigator and CEO

Pamina is Associate Professor in the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program within the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis 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. She can be contacted at More can be found on her website at

Roger Mac Ginty, Principal Investigator and Chairman of the Board

Roger Mac Ginty is Professor at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. He is Director of the Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi). With Professor Pamina Firchow, he founded Everyday Peace Indicators. Mac Ginty edits the journal Peacebuilding (with Oliver Richmond) and edits the book series ‘Rethinking Political Violence’. His main academic interest is in the interfaces between top-down and bottom-up approaches to peace. More can be found on his website at

Peter Dixon, Research Scientist and Co-Principal Investigator, Everyday Justice Project

Peter Dixon is a Research Scientist at the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX) program at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and Co-Principal Investigator on the Everyday Justice project. His main research interests are in transitional justice, peacebuilding, peacekeeping and political violence, particularly in how people’s everyday experiences during and after conflict enable or limit transformative solutions. Previously, he worked at the UN and International Criminal Court. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California. []

Naomi Levy, Lead Quantitative Investigator and Board Member

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

Zach Tilton, Evaluation Tool Development Project Manager

Zach Tilton is a Doctoral Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation Program at Western Michigan University where he is setting and pursuing an agenda for research on peacebuilding evaluation. He holds a BS in Peacebuilding and Business Management from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford. His research interests lie at the intersection of critical peacebuilding research, peacebuilding evaluation, and peacetech. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a Rotary Peace Fellow, an Institute for Economics and Peace Ambassador, and has worked as a DM&E practitioner for Search for Common Ground and International Alert. He is also currently an Evaluation Consultant for the Digital Impact Alliance at the United Nations Foundation, the Co-chair for the American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group for Integrating Technology into Evaluation, and the EvalYouth representative to the American Evaluation Association.

Kate Lonergan, Sri Lanka Project Manager

Kate Lonergan is a PhD Candidate with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University, and conducts research focused on reconciliation and peacebuilding after conflict and mass violence. Kate has a Master’s degree from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, where she was a Rotary Peace Fellow. Kate has previously worked with the World Bank on justice and development issues, and conducted research on community reintegration of ex-combatants in northern Uganda. She has also worked with community conflict resolution and restorative justice initiatives in the Washington, DC area.

Eliza Urwin, Tunisia and Afghanistan Project Manager

Eliza is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where her research focuses on forms of cooperation and resistance in areas of conflict and contested authority. From 2013 until 2017 Eliza lived in Afghanistan, working as a Senior Program Officer for the United States Institute of Peace. There, she managed a portfolio of peacebuilding research and programming, piloting projects and exploring research methods for evaluating peacebuilding effectiveness. Eliza holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Paris, and a BA from Concordia University in Montreal and the American University in Cairo.

Jessica Smith, Research Consultant

Jessica is a doctoral candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her research is focused on local experiences of agency in postwar peacebuilding and combines an action-research methodology called photovoice, with narrative and feminist ethnographic methods to elevate local knowledge into broader international policy and programming development. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights, both from Arizona State University.  She has worked for the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities, the United Nations, USAID and Oxfam GB. Currently, Jessica is a research fellow at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Alia Thorpe, Program Associate

Alia is a Master’s Degree candidate and Paul D. Coverdell Fellow at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is currently pursuing dual Master of Arts degrees in Sustainable International Development as well as in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. Her academic focuses at Heller center around the intersections of philanthropy, media, disaster aid, and deconstructing the colonial and imperial patterns of each field.  She has worked with Ceres, the Alzheimer’s Association (New England Chapter), Airbnb, the United States Peace Corps (Armenia), and Boom Creative.