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Timothy Seidel teaches courses on politics, development, and peacebuilding in the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He also serves as director for the Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE), a center that promotes collaboration among scholars and practitioners to promote a more just and peaceful world through interreligious and intercultural understanding. Seidel has worked in various development and peacebuilding contexts in North America and the Middle East, including serving for several years with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), first as peace development worker in Palestine-Israel and then as director for Peace and Justice Ministries in the U.S. Seidel previously taught at American University and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
Ph.D. International Relations, American University School of International Service, 2016.
M.A. International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University School of International Service, 2003.
M.T.S. Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary, 2003.
B.S. Biochemistry (minors in Mathematics, Cultural Anthropology), Messiah College, 1999.
- “‘We Refuse to Be Enemies’: Political Geographies of Violence and Resistance in Palestine,” Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 12.3 (2017): forthcoming.
- “‘Occupied Territory Is Occupied Territory’: James Baldwin, Palestine and the Possibilities of Transnational Solidarity,” Third World Quarterly 37.9 (2016): 1644-1660.
- “Development, Religion, and Modernity in Palestine-Israel,” CrossCurrents 62.4 (2012): 424-441.
- “Religion, Politics, and Conflict Transformation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories” (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer) in Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation, eds. Alpaslan Özerdem, Chuck Thiessen, and Mufid Qassoum (London: Routledge, 2017).
- “Culture, Religion, and Politics in International Mediation” (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer) in The Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research and Practice, ed. Alexia Georgakopoulos (London: Routledge, 2017).
- “Peace and Reconciliation Processes” (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer) in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, eds. John Stone, Xiaoshuo Hou, Rutledge M. Dennis, Polly S. Rizova, and Anthony D. Smith (Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).
- “Development as Peacebuilding and Resistance: Alternative Narratives of Nonviolence in Palestine-Israel” in Nonviolent Resistance in the Second Intifada: Activism and Advocacy, eds. Maia Carter Hallward and Julie Norman (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
- “Conflict Resolved or Conflict Created?” in Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice Manual: Foundations and Skills for Mediation and Facilitation, 5th ed., eds. Michelle E. Armster and Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, (Akron, Pa.: Mennonite Central Committee, 2009).
- “Independence or Nakba?: A Sketch of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” “Getting Grounded: The Land Belongs to God,” “Palestinian Christians: The Forgotten Faithful” in Under Vine and Fig Tree: Biblical Theologies of Land and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, ed. Alain Epp Weaver (Telford, Pa.: Cascadia Publishing, 2007).
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
- “Neoliberal Developments, National Consciousness, and Political Economies of Resistance in Palestine,” International Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, February 2017.
- “‘Improving People’s Lives Is Resistance’: Geographies of Violence and Resistance in Palestine,” International Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, February 2017.
- “Sovereign Bodies, Sovereign States: The Violence and Visibility of Resistance in Palestine,” International Studies Association-Northeast, Baltimore, MD, November 2016.
- “The Claims of Modernity: Liberal Peace, Sacred Violence, and State Sovereignty,” International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, March 2016 & International Studies Association-Northeast, Providence, RI, November 2015.
- “‘Occupied Territory Is Occupied Territory’: James Baldwin, Palestine, and the Possibilities of Transnational Solidarity,” International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, March 2016 & Peace and Justice Studies Association, Harrisonburg, VA, October 2015.
- “Religion and Politics in International Peacebuilding: Challenges and Possibilities” (with Mohammed Abu-Nimer), International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.
- “‘Where Is the Palestinian Gandhi?’: Power and Resistance in Late Modernity,” International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, February 2015.
- “Narrating Nonviolence: Postcolonial Interrogations of Resistance in Palestine,” Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November 2014 & International Studies Association-Northeast, Baltimore, MD, November 2014.
- “Exploring Religion and the Post-Secular in Peacebuilding Theory and Practice,” Peace and Justice Studies Association, San Diego, CA, October 2014.
Church, Community and Professional Service
Workshops and Presentations
- “The Things that Make for Peace,” Lancaster Mennonite High School Chapel, Lancaster, PA, April 2016.
- “Breaking Down Walls of Hostility: The Church, Borders, and Walls” (with Saulo Padilla), Mennonite Church USA 2015 Convention, Kansas City, MO, July 2015.
- “Why Can’t Israelis and Palestinians Just ‘Get Along’?” (with Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach), Mennonite Church USA 2015 Convention, Kansas City, MO, July 2015.
- “Kairos Palestine: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions and the Role of the Church,” Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness, Middle East Interest Group, Lancaster Church of the Brethren, Lancaster, PA, November 2014.
- “Peacebuilding in Palestine-Israel: A follow-up to the 2007 ‘Open Letter to Mennonite Church USA Congregations’” (with Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, John F. Lapp, Mark Regier, and H.A. Penner), Mennonite Church USA 2011 Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2011.
- “Historic Peace Church Activities during the Decade to Overcome Violence” (with Scott Holland and Weldon Nisly), Mennonite Church USA 2011 Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2011.
- “Historic Peace Church Continental Consultations during the Decade to Overcome Violence” (with Scott Holland, Alix Lozano, Stanley Noffsinger, and Paulus Widjaja), World Council of Churches’ International Ecumenical Peace Convocation, Kingston, Jamaica, May 2011.
Service and Committees
- Board of Directors, Peace and Justice Studies Association, 2014-present.
- Steering Committee, Mennonite Palestine Israel Network, 2013-present.
- Co-Facilitator, Palestine-Israel Intergroup Dialogue, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, American University, Washington, DC, 2014-2015.
- Teacher, Christian Education Program (Senior Youth and Adult), Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, 2013-2016.
- Co-Leader, Palestine-Israel Delegation, Interfaith Peace-Builders, Washington, DC, 2012.
- Chair, Justice and Spirituality Committee, Community Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA, 2010-2012.
- Board of Directors, Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness, Lancaster, PA, 2009-2012.
- Chair, Historic Peace Churches/ Fellowship of Reconciliation Consultative Committee, 2009-2012.
Honors, Awards and Grants
- Edward W. Said Award, Global Development Studies Section, International Studies Association, 2016.
- Alan Taylor Memorial Award for Excellence in Middle Eastern Studies and University Service, American University School of International Service, 2016.
- Doctoral Student Research Award, American University, 2015-16.
- Randall Research Scholarship, Nonviolence International, 2014-15.
- Dean’s Fellowship, American University School of International Service, 2012-16.
International Studies Association (ISA)
Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA)
Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)