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Sheherazade Jafari

Director, Point of View International Retreat and Research Center

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Sheherazade Jafari is the director of the Point of View International Research and Retreat Center at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Working with students, faculty and partners within the international peacebuilding community, she is developing programming that facilitates conflict resolution and reconciliation processes, trains a new generation of students and practitioners, and advances research to support the development of theory and practice in the field. 

A scholar and practitioner, Sheherazade’s own research and applied background and interests include gender, religion and human rights in conflict and peacebuilding, as well as fostering a more diverse and inclusive conflict resolution field.  Her PhD research examined how women’s rights activists in Muslim-majority societies are engaging religion and working across religious-secular divides in response to rising politicized religion and extremism. 

Sheherazade has worked in the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia with both large and small civil society organizations, and has taught and facilitated dialogues and trainings regarding gender, religion and conflict resolution.  In 2016, she oversaw an interfaith youth peace initiative with the U.S. Institute of Peace and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Previously she led the Religion and Conflict Resolution Program at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, where she worked with religious peacemakers from armed conflict zones around the world.  She serves on the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, where she chairs the gender & sexuality committee, and of


PhD, International Relations, American University (2015)

MA, International Development and Conflict Resolution, The George Washington University (2008)

BA, Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)