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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Student Ambassadors

Samantha Haas



  • 2nd Year
  • MA Conflict Resolution

Originally from Vermont, I received my undergraduate degree in International Relations, with a minor in Peace Studies, from Goucher College in Baltimore Maryland. During my time at Goucher I studied abroad in Honduras, South Africa, and Geneva Switzerland. I also interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, answering the civil rights complaint line.

After graduating in 2013, I moved to Dayton, Ohio, where I worked as a research assistant at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, assisting with research regarding democratic public life, mostly around the topics of civic engagement, collaborative community decision-making, and deliberative democracy. While in Dayton, I also volunteered as a mediator at the Dayton Mediation Center, which solidified my motivation to pursue a career in conflict resolution.

I chose the Conflict Resolution program at the Korbel School primarily because of its collaborative and cross-disciplinary principles, and its balance of theoretic and applied knowledge. In addition to being a graduate student, I also work as a graduate research assistant in the Conflict Resolution Institute office, helping to organize community programs that build collective capacity, and assisting in research.

Please reach out if you have any questions about the Conflict Resolution program—I would be happy to share my experiences and insight.