Faculty and Research

The majority of our core faculty share responsibility for the core courses with faulty from other departments. They are also designated as faculty advisors to students during their time in the program. In addition to their core coursework, they teach electives within the program based on their individual areas of focus. 

Ambassador (Retired) Kenneth S. Yalowitz, CR Program Director and Professor of the Practice

Ambassador Yalowitz became the Director of the Conflict Resolution MA Program at Georgetown University on July 1, 2015. He is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC and an adjunct professor of government at the Stanford University in Washington Program. He served as the Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College from 2003 -2011 following retirement from the US Department of State after 36 years as a career diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service. 

He served twice as a U.S. ambassador: to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997; and to Georgia from 1998-2001. Other overseas assignments included Moscow (twice), The Hague and the US Mission to NATO in Brussels. He won a variety of awards for conflict prevention and overall diplomatic performance. In 1984, Ambassador Yalowitz received a superior honor award for crisis management in the shootdown of KAL-007. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work to prevent the spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia.

In 2009, he was invited to join the American Academy of Diplomacy and in 2011 he was elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored or co-authored op eds and articles in publications such as the International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times , Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The National Interest, and Reuters

Ambassador Yalowitz completed his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and holds a Russian Institute Certificate, MA and Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University.

Ayse Kadayifci, Ph.D., Associate Director and Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci is a visiting assistant professor within the Conflict Resolution Program and directs the CR Program’s summer field internship program. Before coming to Georgetown University, she served as a consultant for the Religion and Peacebuilding Program at United States Institute of Peace and as an assistant professor American University. She is also one of the founding members and a fellow at Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, a non-profit organization for research, education, and practice on issues related to conflict resolution, nonviolence, and development.

Dr Kadayifci has taught, lectured and published extensively in the fields of peacebuilding and development, the evaluation of peacebuilding and development programs, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Muslim communities, gender and peacebuilding in Muslim communities, cross-cultural conflict resolution and mediation, and interfaith and intra-faith dialogues among others. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Kadayifci has also facilitated dialogues and training workshops, and worked on conflict resolution curriculum development in various countries including Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Kenya, Guatemala, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Kadayifci has authored Standing On an Isthmus: Islamic Narratives of War and Peace in the Palestinian Territories and co-authored the edited the volume, Anthology on Islam and Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice. She has also written various book chapters and journal articles on Muslim women’s peacebuilding initiatives, mediation and peace building, religion and conflict resolution, interfaith dialogue, Islamic approaches to war and peace, and Islam and nonviolence. She has also served as a consultant to US and Canadian governmental and nonprofit development agencies.

Molly Inman, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor

Molly Inman is currently a visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution MA program. She received her Ph.D. in comparative politics and international relations from the Government and Politics Department at the University of Maryland in 2013. Her previous research focused on federalism, ethnic politics and violent conflict though which she developed a theory of subnational ethnic outbidding in federal systems. Her current research extends this work and focuses on the impact of ethnic political parties on rebellion and choice of target group in ethnic outbidding. She prefers to use mixed method approaches to research when feasible, harnessing the advantages of both quantitative and qualitative techniques. She has published articles in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Journal of Organizational Behavior among others. 

Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Inman worked on international development programs in Southeastern Europe, primarily related to rule of law reform, human rights and conflict resolution. Additionally, she has worked on research projects with the US Institute of Peace, Social Science Research Council and the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management related to the documentation and/or prevention of violence and mass atrocities. Dr. Inman also has a M.A. in Democracy and Human Rights from the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna and a B.A. in German and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.