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Pamina Firchow

Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

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Pamina Firchow was Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University through 2019. Her research interests include political violence, transitional justice (especially victim reparations), reconciliation and peacebuilding. In particular, She is interested in the study of the international accompaniment of local communities affected by mass violence. Her specific focus is on the role of concept formation in the measurement and evaluation of external interventions and how local people can be included in these processes. Therefore, her work supports efforts that promote participatory numbers and mixed method research, such as the Everyday Peace Indicators.The use of participatory numbers is used to make claims about the effectiveness of local level interventions after war in Firchow’s monograph, Reclaiming Everyday Peace (2018, Cambridge University Press). Firchow has published in several journals, including the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Sociological Methods and Research, International Studies Review, Human Rights Review, and the Journal of Peacebuilding & Development. She is also the editor of the book Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work.

Dr. Firchow has received support for her research from multiple sources, including the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Agency for International Development, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rotary Foundation, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Geneva. She was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace and serves as a consultant to various international peacebuilding organizations. Firchow earned her PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been working in the peacebuilding sector as a scholar-practitioner for non-governmental organizations and universities since 1999.


PhD, Development Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

MA, International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies, Universidad del Salvador

MSc, Comparative Politics, London School of Economics

BA, Political Science, Carleton College

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Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

Honors & Awards

Carnegie Corporation Grant, Carnegie Corporation

January 16, 2017

USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, 2015-2016, United States Institute for Peace

January 4, 2016

Media Appearance

Academic Council on the United Nations Everyday Peace Indicators

August 24, 2015

In the News

Direct Analytical Approach to Peace building

Published on April 27, 2016

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USIP Awards Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships and Peace Scholarships for 2015-2016

Published on November 4, 2015

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UN Small Arms Conference: Evaluation and Prospects

Published on June 1, 2001

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The U.S. Is No. 1 In Global Arms Sales

Published on August 30, 2000

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Presentations & Performances

Raising the Stakes: Closing Citizen Feedback Loops in Fragile/Restrictive Contexts

Oct 28 2016 | Feedback Summit 2016

Working towards reconciliation in Colombia: the implementation of collective and individual reparation

Nov 17 2016 | Metropolitan Building

“Operationalizing Bottom-up Indicators:” A Working Group Session

May 27 2016