Elham Atashi, PhD, Academic Director
Elham Atashi is the Associate Director and faculty in the Program for Justice and Peace Studies (JUPS) at Georgetown University. Elham Atashi holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She is a certified mediator and skilled negotiator having received her training from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She has published on issues relating to violence prevention, peacebuilding, reconciliation, conflict transformation, indigenous and traditional justice processes. Her current research focuses on linking conflict transformation and transitional justice mechanisms to interpretative oral histories in Afghanistan, Uganda and post-genocide society in Rwanda. Dr. Atashi also works extensively as a practitioner for several organizations providing support to transformative local community reconciliation, justice and peace building initiatives. Recently her work has focused on developing peace education and transformative education pedagogy for youth as migrants and refugees. She is also a professional facilitator conducting dialogues and peacebuilding workshops for youth from Syria, Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.
Andria Wisler, PhD, Academic DirectorDr.
Andria Wisler is the Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and faculty in the Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS). Dr. Andria Wisler received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education and Philosophy from Columbia University and master's in International Educational Development and Peace Education from Teachers College. Her research and teaching are in the fields of peace education, conflict studies, and international educational development, and her principal interest lies in the transformative potential of educational initiatives in post-conflict societies and for girls living in urban poverty. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Andria began her vocation within education as a school teacher at an independent school, the Cornelia Connelly Center (CCC), which serves low-income girls of the Lower East Side, New York City. She served as an invited member of the Board of Trustees of the CCC for six years. At Georgetown, Andria has been involved in several campus initiatives and programs. She has participated in the inaugural group of Doyle Fellows, a campus initiative on inclusion and diversity, the Engelhard Initiative, and in the Fall 2010 semester, Andria was a faculty-in-residence in Georgetown’s Alanya, Turkey study abroad/community living-and-learning program. Due to her significant justice and peace pedagogical expertise, she was approached by Routledge to author an Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies textbook. Andria co-edited (with Celina Del Felice and Aaron Karako) Peace Education Evaluation (Information Age, 2015), a first of its kind resource of 20 chapters that reviews the trends and challenges in evaluation of peace education, presents case studies of programs around world, and offers ideas for methodological innovations.