Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Professorial Fellow at the London School of Economics. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building. His latest book is New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and its Alternatives. He is also he author of Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine and The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa (Polity Press, 2015) Click for a full list of his publications. Following a fellowship with the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard (2004-06), he worked with the Social Science Research Council as Director of the program on HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation, and led projects on conflict and humanitarian crises in Africa (2006-09). During 2005-06, de Waal was seconded to the African Union mediation team for Darfur and from 2009-11 served as senior adviser to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. He was on the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential public intellectuals in 2008 and Atlantic Monthly’s 27 “brave thinkers” in 2009.

Prof. Alex de Waal regularly teaches a course on Conflict in Africa at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.  During this course, students should gain a deeper understanding of the nature of contemporary violent conflict in Africa. Students will be expected to master the key theoretical approaches to violence in Africa, and to become familiar with a number of important case studies. The focus is on the origins and nature of violence, rather than policy responses and solutions. The course is inter-disciplinary and involves readings in political science, international relations, and social anthropology, while also touching on economics, environmental studies, and history.
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Publications by Alex de Waal

Bridget Conley is the Research Director of the World Peace Foundation and Associate Research Professor at The Fletcher School. At WPF, she is the lead researcher on the “Tracking COVID-19 in Detention” and  Mass Atrocities projects. Her research has focused on memory following mass atrocities, and has produced a book, Memory from the Margins: Ethiopia’s Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum (Palgrave 2019). She is the editor of How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq (Cambridge University Press 2016). She has published on issues related to the 1992 – 1995 war in Bosnia, mass atrocities and genocide, and how museums can engage on human rights issues.

In 2020-2021, she is a Faculty Fellow at the Jonathon M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Her project is,  “Connecting people to resources: A Proposal to Support the Tufts Educational Re-entry Network,” which will be developed in conversation with the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College.

She previously worked as Research Director for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, where she led the Museum’s research and projects on contemporary threats of genocide, including curating an exhibition, From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide Today. She received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University in 2001.  

Prof. Bridget Conley has taught a course on Understanding Mass Atrocities; which was offered as an undergraduate course in Fall 2019 to students at MCI-concord through the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College.  The course addresses the study and development of policy related to “genocide” and mass atrocities, both of which are highly contested in terms of the universe of cases, key definitions, and thresholds of violence that should trigger action.

In Spring 2021, she will teach a new graduate course at The Fletcher School, on critical theory and International Relations.
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Publications by Bridget Conley

Lisa Avery is Associate Director of the World Peace Foundation. Lisa was previously employed as Administrative Specialist, Purchaser and Executive Assistant at Good Earth Teas in Santa Cruz, California.  She graduated from Framingham State University as a Liberal Arts major and has a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.
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Research Assistants

Our Research Assistants contribute to the existing research projects of the World Peace Foundation, as well as assist with the planning and conduct of our seminar series and other events. Research Assistants are current graduate students at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and their work can be tailored to their own research interests and background.  Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about these opportunities.


Jared Miller is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at the Fletcher School at Tufts University focusing on electoral politics and corruption in Nigeria. Jared has also conducted research on election manipulation, corruption, and elite politics in the United States, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan.  Previously, Jared worked in Nigeria with Search for Common Ground, an international peacebuilding nonprofit, to support community-based peacebuilding programs.  In Nigeria, he worked on issues ranging from human rights accountability and governance reforms to violent extremism and community security.  Jared holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary. 

Aaron Steinberg is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the World Peace Foundation. He is currently a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he studies Migration and Political Economy. Aaron also works as a Research Associate for Global Labor Justice – International Labor Rights Forum, a nonprofit advocacy organization and strategy hub based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Aaron worked at the Council on Foreign Relations where he was an Interdepartmental Program Assistant in the New York office.

Past Research Assistants:

Amaia Elorza Arregi
Xiaodon Liang
Jared Miller
Aaron Steinberg

Mohamed Nabil Bennaidja
Scott Hoag
Nanaho Yamanaka

Batul Sadliwal

Allyson Hawkins

2015 – 2016
Saskia Brechenmacher
Aditya Sarkar

Clint Shoemake
Lauren Spink

Roxanne Krystalli
Lauren Kitz

Mario Patino
Jennifer Keene