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Scholars in Residence 2016-2017

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Scott Feinstein, PhD Political Science, University of Florida

Scott Feinstein is a Postdoctoral Fellow with a specialization in Eurasian studies and mass identity. Before coming to the Conflict Resolution Institute, he received his PhD in political science from the University of Florida and MA in politics from New York University. Dr. Feinstein also received several grants to support his work, including fellowships from the American Councils of Learned Societies and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, IREX and Fulbright. He spent extensive time conducting research and teaching in the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova.

At the Conflict Resolution Institute he is working on turning his dissertation project – Ethnic War and Peace in Eurasia – into a book manuscript and examining the recent return to violence in Eurasia. In particular, his book examines why some Soviet successor states experienced secessionist violence after the collapse of the Soviet Union while others remained peaceful or encountered only minor violence. Leveraging primary sources, Dr. Feinstein argues that ethnic politics is more than a single group's dynamics but that the configuration of dynamics between dominant and minority groups explains whether there is mobilization and the form it takes.


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Esra Dilek, PhD Candidate, Bilkent University Department of Political Science, Ankara, Turkey

Esra Dilek is a Visiting PhD Fellow at the Conflict Resolution Institute for the period of April 2016-March 2017 and a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Her work focuses on the diffusion of international peacebuilding norms and hybridization at the local level in peace processes. In Spring Quarter of 2016 Esra Dilek gave a talk at the Conflict Resolution Institute titled "Norm Diffusion in Conflict Resolution Processes: Exploring How Local and International Norms Hybridize" where she presented the theoretical framework of her ongoing research.

Esra Dilek is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on the diffusion of international peacebuilding norms and hybridization in the peace process in Turkey (2013-2015).

Scholars in Residence Through the Years

      • Esra Cuhadar

        Esra Çuhadar-Gürkaynak, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science in Bilkent University, Ankara Turkey

        Esra Çuhadar-Gürkaynak is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science in Bilkent University, Ankara Turkey. Before joining Bilkent University in Fall 2006, she worked as an Assistant Prof. in the Conflict Analysis and Resolution Program of Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prof. Çuhadar-Gürkaynak received a Ph.D. and M.A in International Relations with an advanced graduate certificate in Applied Conflict Resolution from Syracuse University.Her award winning dissertation titled "Evaluating Track Two Diplomacy in Pre-Negotiation" focused on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and peacemaking initiatives.

        She has also published on Greek-Turkish peace initiatives and issues pertaining to the role of third parties in the Cyprus conflict. Besides her research on various third party roles and techniques in conflicts, Prof. Çuhadar-Gürkaynak has also conducted conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation trainings for various groups, and worked with conflict resolution NGOs such as Search for Common Ground and Umut Foundation. She is currently a visiting senior Fulbright Fellow with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dr. Çuhadar-Gürkaynak visited DU in May 2012 as the visiting Fulbright Fellow at Tufts. 

      • Andres Alvarez

        Andrés Álvarez Castañeda, Head of the Anthropology and Sociology Department, the Universidad de Valle de Guatemala (UVG)

        During the Fall Quarter of 2011, the Conflict Resolution Institute hosted Andrés Álvarez Castañeda as a Visiting Fulbright Fellow, where he presented a public lecture on the topic of Conflict Early Warning Systems (CEWS) to members of the DU community. Mr. Álvarez Castañeda's article, "Conflict Early Warning Systems: The Guatemalan Experience," was published in the Conflict Resolution Institute's Working Paper #7 in 2012.

        Mr. Álvarez Castañeda has experience working in academic, governmental and non-governmental environments. His research primarily concerns the topics of Conflict Early Warning, Social and Political Conflict Prevention, Security Sector Reforms, Human Security, Peace Education, and Futures Studies. Andrés Álvarez Castañeda has a Licentiate in Anthropology (UVG) and Master's degrees in Sociology, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), and Conflict Resolution, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Sociology and Political Science at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Madrid Campus.

      • Cynthia Savage

        Cynthia Savage, Conflict Resolution Consultant, National Center For State Courts, Visited Cri In 2009

        Cynthia Savage spent the Spring Quarter of 2009 at the Conflict Resolution Institute as a Practitioner-in-Residence. During her time at the Conflict Resolution Institute, Cynthia Savage developed the framework for the Practicum aspect of the Master's degree program. Aside from contributing to the Practicum, Cynthia Savage gave a public talk at DU entitled "Nurturing Quality in Mediation Programs: Challenges and Opportunities."
        Cynthia Savage acts as a consultant on projects involving ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) for the National Center for State Courts. She also acted as an Adjunct Professor at the Conflict Resolution Institute where she taught Mediation Theory and participates in the Mediation Practicum. Prior to her current positions, she was the Director of the Colorado Judicial Branch Office of Dispute Resolution for 12 years (1996-2008).

      • Catherine Ali

        Catherine Ali

        In 2007, Catherine Ali came to the Conflict Resolution Institute as a Visiting Scholar from the University of the West Indies. During her time at the Conflict Resolution Institute, Catherine Ali studied the practice of Restorative Justice and furthered her own research on empowerment and negotiation. In her time at DU, she gave a lecture on the findings from her research concerning empowering and disempowering factors and their roles within the mediation process.

        Catherine Ali presently serves as a member of the mediation team on the Cabinet-appointed Trinidad and Tobago Crime and Justice Commission. Prior to this position, she was a lecturer at the University of the West Indies.

      • Ronald Fisher

        Ronald Fisher, Ph.D., University of Michigan

        Ronald Fisher visited the Conflict Resolution Institute in 2007. While at the Conflict Resolution Institute, Dr. Fisher conducted a three-day workshop for current students on Interactive Conflict Resolution and partook in a public panel discussion on the conflict in Cyprus as part of a symposium hosted by the Conflict Resolution Institute.

        Dr. Fisher was the Founding Coordinator of the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and has taught Conflict Resolution in a number of universities. One focus of Dr. Fisher's research and work is on the topic of violent ethno-political conflict, including the conflict in Cyprus. Fisher's publications include: Paving the Way: Contributions of Interactive Conflict Resolution to Peacemaking (Lexington Books, 2005), Interactive Conflict Resolution (Syracuse University Press, 1997), and The Social Psychology of Intergroup and International Conflict Resolution (Springer-Verlag, 1990).

      • Karene-Anne Nathaniel-deCaires

        Karene-Anne Nathaniel-deCaires, M.S., Rutgers University

        During Karene-Anne Nathaniel-deCaires' time at the Conflict Resolution Institute, she explored the process of engaging adult learners in the structure of Conflict Resolution (CR) education in a University setting and strengthened her practical knowledge of CR and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Karene-Anne Nathaniel-deCaires presented a lecture on her unique Trinidadian culture handles conflict resolution to the DU community.

        Karene-Anne Nathaniel-deCaires is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Social Work Unit.

      • Jayne Seminare Docherty

        Jayne Seminare Docherty, Ph.D., George Mason University

        In the fall of 2006, Jayne Seminare Docherty visited the Conflict Resolution Institute to present her new study, The Global War on Terrorism: Learning Lessons from Waco, to a mixture of students, faculty, and local conflict resolution practitioners.

        Jayne Seminare Docherty is an Associate Professor of Conflict Studies in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She is the author of Learning Lessons from Waco: When the Parties Bring Their Gods to the Negotiation Table (Syracuse University Press, 2001).

      • Tal Litvak-Hirsch

        Tal Litvak-Hirsch, PhD Ben Gurion University

        Tal Litvak-Hirsch was a visiting scholar to the Conflict Resolution Institute during the Fall Quarter of 2005. While at the Conflict Resolution Institute, Tal Litvak-Hirsch delivered a public talk entitled, "Palestinians and Israelis are Listening to Each Other: Creating Dialogue in a Conflict Context." In her public talk she presented new models of encounter groups in the "life story-telling" method. She also conducted a workshop on quantitative research methods.

        Litvak-Hirsch's research examines changes in the construction of the Israeli collective identity based upon the inclusion or exclusion of certain "others". She is credited with developing a new diagnostic tool that may enhance levels of understanding between all parties in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

      • Jay Rothman

        Jay Rothman, Ph.D., University of Maryland

        Jay Rothman was the first visiting scholar at the Conflict Resolution Institute in March 2005. He conducted a three-day workshop for current M.A. students entitled "Methods of Community Conflict Resolution." He also gave a public talk on the ARIA-C3 method of conflict resolution and its application in the Cincinnati Police-Community Relations Collaborative and presented his current research to the Conflict Resolution faculty.

        Jay Rothman is President of the Ohio-based ARIA Group, Inc, a Conflict Resolution training and consulting company, and is the Director of the Action Evaluation Research Institute. Rothman's publications include Resolving Identity-Based Conflict in Nations, Organizations and Communities (Jossey-Bass, 1997), as well as over two dozen articles on identity-based conflict, conflict resolution, and evaluation. He has been a consultant, led workshops and conducted interventions in more than dozen countries including South Africa, Israel and Palestine, Northern Ireland, and Sri Lanka

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