The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
David Steele has 20 years experience working with political, religious, and other civil society actors to effectively facilitate conflict transformation and interfaith coexistence within unstable, violence-prone situations of inter-ethnic and sectarian conflict. During 2010-2011, he served as adjunct faculty in the Heller School, led workshops for US Government personnel on developing “Programming in Religious Contexts,” and worked developed a manual for use in discussion of Muslim/Christian reconciliation efforts in Nigeria and inter-ethnic conflict in Kenya. During 2009-2010, he worked with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, following post-election violence in Kenya, to design a curriculum and manual for use in peacebuilding and conflict transformation and co-lead workshops for 300 participants from local NGOs. During 2008-2009 he served as Senior Reconciliation Facilitator with the Baghdad office of the U.S. Institute of Peace, providing training in negotiation, problem solving and interfaith dialogue for a variety of personnel from Iraqi Government agencies, educational institutions, religious groups and civil society organizations. In addition, he has previously worked as (1) a program manager at Mercy Corps for conflict management projects in Iraq, Sri Lanka and Indonesia (2004-2006), (2) program manager for a conflict management project in Macedonia, then interim executive director, at Conflict Management Group in Cambridge, MA (2003-2004), and (3) a fellow in the Program on Preventive Diplomacy at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington where he directed a project on conflict resolution for religious communities in the former Yugoslavia (1994-2003). During the '10-'11 academic year at Heller, Prof. Steele was TA for the following courses: Dialogue and Mediation Skills; Development, Aid and Coexistence; and Advanced Development, Aid and Coexistence.
Steele has a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote a dissertation on a theological assessment of the Harvard-based “principled negotiation.” He is also the author of numerous other publications on faith-based peacebuilding, including: “Reconciliation Strategies in Iraq,” and an “Overview to Faith-Based Peacebuilding."