Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict
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Leslie Dwyer is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict at the Carter School. She joined the faculty of the Carter School in 2009. She is a cultural anthropologist (BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA/Ph.D., Princeton University) whose academic research focuses on issues of violence, gender, post-conflict social life, transitional justice, and the politics of memory and identity. Her most recent project, supported by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace, is an ethnographic study of the aftermath of political violence in Indonesia, where she has worked for over 20 years. Her book on this research, entitled ‘A World in Fragments’: Aftermaths of Violence in Bali, Indonesia, will be published in the University of Pennsylvania Press “Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights” series. She is a documentary filmmaker whose most recent film, The Black Highway, engages critically with post-conflict peace-building practices in Aceh, Indonesia.
In addition to her academic research, Dr. Dwyer has engaged in a wide range of conflict analysis and resolution practice and training projects. She is currently collaborating on a project to assess and address conflict over land and natural resources in Indonesia, working with international and national civil society partners and government agencies. From 2013-16, she was the Director of the Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that taught conflict resolution and leadership skills to youth. In addition to her work in Indonesia, Dr. Dwyer has conducted research in Mindanao, Philippines and Nepal on gender, peace-building and gender-based violence. She has also assisted U.S. government agencies and educational organizations with developing training curricula on gender and conflict issues.
MA/PhD, Anthropology, Princeton University (2001)
BA, Anthropolgy, University of Pennsylvania
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
GMU Center for Global Studies
Dr. Dwyer received a grant from GMU's Center for Global Studies (http://cgs.gmu.edu) for research on the dynamic tensions between local and international perspectives on post-conflict peacebuilding in Aceh, Indonesia.
Published on December 23, 2015
Published on January 15, 2007
Honors & Awards
Grant for project "Don’t Disturb the Peace: Ethnographic Film and Research in Post-Conflict Aceh, Indonesia", United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
April 1, 2012
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Presentations & Performances
Dynamics of Gender and Conflict in Mindanao
Apr 26 2012