Conflict Resolution Professional | Dr. Pushpa Iyer

PJSA Board Member and Diversity Chair, Dr. Pushpa Iyer

Mark D. Baer interviews Pushpa Iyer about her work in conflict resolution and teaching at the Monterey Institute of International Studies for the Your Town Television Program. Dr. Iyer has many years of experience as a scholar, practitioner, and activist in the field of Conflict and Peace. Her work and research in Gujarat, India, South and South-east Asia, and parts of Africa have focused on identity-based conflicts, non-state armed groups, and peacebuilding in societies emerging out of war and violence. Her efforts to bring peace between the divided Hindu and Muslim communities in Gujarat laid the foundation for her passion in social justice. She continues her activism work in her new home, the United States, through programs designed to fight racial inequity, discrimination, and violence in higher education institutions and beyond. As Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution in the Graduate School of Policy and Management, she teaches courses related to conflict, development, peace, and race. As the first Chief Diversity Officer of the Institute, she coordinates various efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school. Outside of the Institute, she serves as the co-chair of the Dean’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at her alma mater, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University for 2019-2020 and is a member of 2020 conference planning committee of National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). She is also the founding Director of the Center for Conflict Studies, where she plays the role of editor, trainer, researcher, and organizer. Dr. Iyer has published articles and chapters in various newsletters, journals, and books.

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Original source: M.D. Baer (2014)