Carter School Leadership

  • May 9, 2022

    Despite being more than 5,000 miles away from the war in Ukraine, students at George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution are actively assessing the conflict dynamics, with hopes that their research could improve the situation.

  • December 14, 2021

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo has not seen peace for more than three decades, but in November 2021, George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution helped the country take a leap in a hopeful direction.

    In the province of South Kivu, the school gathered representatives from 21 armed groups, the Congolese government, military, police, intelligence services, religious leaders, civil society groups, and peace advocates. Not only did everyone discuss a path toward peacebuilding, but they also signed a peace accord to solidify it.

  • October 14, 2021

    A cultural immersion trip in 2008 brought Charles Davidson (PhD ’19) inside the walls of San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia. What he saw there not only changed his life, he said, but ignited a spark of inspiration that led to peacebuilding efforts around the world.

  • Mon, 03/08/2021 - 13:00

    The eastern region of Ukraine has been an intense battleground since 2014, when Russia controversially annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and invaded the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Though a ceasefire was called, it has been violated daily. More than 10,000 people have died and roughly 1.6 million are registered as internally displaced people (IDP).

    But a step toward hope and peace may be on the horizon, thanks to George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and their new project funded by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

  • Fri, 08/02/2019 - 10:37

    Dr. Özerdem is Dean of the Carter School and specializes in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction.

  • Tue, 10/20/2015 - 19:27

    Dr. Schoeny teaches courses in research and evaluation methods, practice skills and the integration of inter-disciplinary approaches to conflict analysis and resolution.

  • Tue, 10/20/2015 - 19:27

    Dr. Shedd teaches both introductory and research methods courses and courses on terrorism, extremism, global conflicts, and ideologies. Her research includes work on the relationship of media to conflict, specifically focused on media coverage of terrorism and the role of women in political violence. 

  • Tue, 10/20/2015 - 19:24

    Dr. Flores' research focuses on democratization, civil conflict, and economic development.