Pamina FirchowPamina Firchow, Principal Investigator and CEO

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 and Chairman of the Board

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.

Zach Tilton, Consultant

Zach Tilton is a Doctoral Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation Program at Western Michigan University. 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, a Global Peace Index Ambassador and has worked as a DM&E practitioner for Search for Common Ground, International Alert, and most recently the Digital Impact Alliance at the United Nations Foundation.

Peter Dixon

Peter Dixon, NSF Senior Co-Investigator and EPI Consultant

Peter is a postdoctoral fellow at the at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. His main research interests are in transitional justice, peacebuilding, peacekeeping and political violence. In particular, he is interested in how people experience post-conflict interventions on the ground and how organizations produce and use knowledge about them. Previously, he worked at the UN and International Criminal Court. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Sociology.


Jessica Smith, Program Manager

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.