Dr. Catherine Barnes is associate professor of strategic peacebuilding and public policy at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She has twenty years’ experience working with various non-governmental organizations in more than 30 countries. Dr. Barnes’ practical engagement in peacebuilding has included:
- Interactive process design and dialogue facilitation, strategic planning, and collaborative learning, including large-scale conferences and more intimate deliberative dialogue processes;
- Teaching, training, and coaching in peace processes, conflict transformation, dialogue, problem solving, leadership development. and empowerment for social action;
- Policy research, policy dialogue, and advocacy on issues connected to war-to-peace transition processes, political negotiation, state building, and civil society roles in peacebuilding;
- Program and project development and proposal preparation; strategic reviews, and evaluation.
Specializing in learning from war-to-peace transition processes, Dr. Barnes edited Owning the Process: Public Participation in Peacemaking; Powers of Persuasion: Incentives, Sanctions and Conditionality in Peace Processes; and The Politics of Compromise: the Tajikistan Peace Process as part of Conciliation Resources’ Accord series. Dr. Barnes has also published on civil society roles in peacebuilding, issues related to state-building, conflict prevention, genocide, and minority rights, as well as several training manuals on leadership, conflict resolution, negotiation, and advocacy skills. She has been a program associate with Conciliation Resources and served as special advisor to the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Dr. Barnes holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.