Kimberly Howe joined the Center in September 2013 as a Senior Researcher. Her work is to develop evidence based methods for building the capacities of local NGOs in Syria and Northern Iraq as part of a research award from the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Kimberly works closely with Peter Walker and Elizabeth Stites, and is based in France.
Kimberly’s research interests include: violence during peace to war transitions, armed groups and DDR processes, differential forms of sub-national governance, and humanitarian response during conflicts. She has designed and conducted mixed methods research projects in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Uganda, and Syria. Kimberly is currently an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Recently, she has been a research consultant for the Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich, ICTJ, ACAPs, and the Feinstein International Center. She was a Randolph Jennings Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace from 2010 to 2011, and has received research awards from Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation as well as the Feinstein International Center and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. From 1999 to 2007, she practiced as a psychotherapist treating survivors of torture and interpersonal violence. She received a PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2012.