Polly O. Walker currently is Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She is a director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute Australian and lectures in peace and conflict at James Cook. Previously she was a research fellow in the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is co-editor of "Acting Together, Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict" (2011) and has contributed to a number of professional journals and edited volumes. She is also a facilitator of computer assisted dialogue. Chair of the Indigenous Education Institute, Polly is of Cherokee descent and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Southwest Township. Her research focuses on cross cultural conflict resolution, transforming conflict between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and the role of ritual in these processes.