Mari Fitzduff appointed professor of coexistence and director of the proposed master's program in the Slifka Program on Intercommunal Coexistence


The Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Mari Fitzduff as Professor of Coexistence and Director of the proposed Master's program in the Slifka Program on Intercommunal Coexistence. Mari Fitzduff currently holds the Chair of Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where she is also Director of UNU/INCORE, a United Nations University center for International Conflict Research.

Before coming to INCORE, she led efforts to address the longstanding conflict in Northern Ireland. She developed the first courses on conflict resolution at the University of Ulster and Queen's University in the 1980s, and went on to serve as first Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council. The Council was established in 1990 to work with government, statutory bodies, trade unions, the media, businesses, churches, politicians, ex-prisoners, and community groups developing policies, programs and training on issues of conflict in Northern Ireland.

Under Mari Fitzduff's leadership, INCORE has become one of the world's leading centers for conflict analysis and research. Recent major research projects have addressed such topics as "The Management of Peace Processes," "Researching Ethnic Conflict in Africa," "Demilitarisation and Decommissioning in Northern Ireland," Constitution Building, Conflict and Transition in Divided Societies," "International Law, Human Rights, and Minority Rights: A Legal Approach to Ethnic Conflict Prevention," and "War Lords versus Peace Lords: Political Leadership in Situations of Conflict." Professor Fitzduff's own book, "Community Conflict Skills: A Handbook for Anti-Sectarian Work, is in its fourth edition, and her latest work, Beyond Violence: Conflict Resolution Processes in Northern Ireland, details her rich experience as a policy maker in Northern Ireland.

At Brandeis, Mari Fitzduff will focus on teaching and researching the theoretical and practical approaches that are necessary to ensure more peaceful intercommunal coexistence at local, national and global levels, including conflict analysis, structural and cultural approaches to diversity management, and new and emerging models in the prevention and resolution of violence and conflict. She will lead the process to develop a new Master's program in Coexistence, which will complement the existing undergraduate program (under the leadership of Gordon Fellman) and an outreach and collaboration program (under the leadership of Cynthia Cohen). These are the three elements of the Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence, launched with the generous support of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation in 2002.