Ernest Ogbozor

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Adjunct Faculty, Carter School

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Dr. Ernest Ogbozor is a scholar-practitioner of conflict and development, peacebuilding, and humanitarian action. He was a recipient of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship and taught at George Washington University, Northeastern University, and Brandeis University. His research addresses two fundamental questions: to understand the micro-level impact of conflict and the strategies used by local communities to cope with violence and protect their livelihoods. His recent research focuses on understanding household resilience to violent extremism in the African Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin. His professional experience includes work at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a frontline humanitarian response officer, research contractor for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and monitoring & evaluation consultant at Search for Common Ground (SfCG). He previously worked for TechnoServe Inc., Enterprise for Development International (EfDI), and Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA/Nigeria).


Ph.D., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
MDiv, Practical Theology and Peacebuilding, Virginia Theological Seminary
MA, Sustainable International Development, Brandeis University
MBA, International Business Management, Lagos State University
BS, Agricultural Economics, University of Benin

Research Interests

  • Conflict Resolution
  • International Development 
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Peacebuilding
  • Informal Security


Ogbozor E.N. “Co-existence in Boko Haram’s Caliphate: Making a Living in Militant

Controlled Areas in Rural Borno, Nigeria.” African Journal for the Prevention and

Combating of Terrorism (AJPCT), 2020.

Ogbozor E.N. “From Counter-terrorism to Livelihood Destruction: Factors Causing Systemic And Continuing Destruction of Livelihoods in the Lake Chad Basin.” African Journal for the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism (AJPCT), 2019.

Ogbozor E.N. Protectors or Outlaws? The CJTF of Nigeria Show the Benefits and Challenges of Working with Civilian Security Actors. Africa Defense Forum, May 3, 2019 (Pages 44-48).

Ogbozor, E. N., Mara L. Schoeny, and Andrew E. Baer. "Preventing torture for people

deprived of freedom: The Atlantic Hope and Black Swan Prison Model." Torture Journal 27.1. 2017.

Ogbozor, E.N. “Resilience to Violent Extremism: The Rural Livelihood Coping Strategies in the Lake Chad Basin.” Households in Conflict Network, Institute for Development Studies (IDS), 2016.

Ogbozor, E.N. “Understanding the Informal Security Sector in Nigeria.” Washington DC:

United States Institute of Peace, 2016.