Faculty and Fellows
Center for Peace, Democracy and Development Staff
- Agron Alibali
- J. Samuel Barkin
- Edmund Beard
- Marie Breen-Smyth
- Jeanne Cleary
- Lt. General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Ret.)
- Loraine Della Porta
- Amani El Jack
- Leila Farsakh
- Maria Ivanova
- Susan Jeghelian
- Michael Keating
- Audrey Lee
- Adugna Lemi
- Daria Lyman
- Michael Patrick MacDonald
- Gillian MacNaughton
- Kevin McKague
- David Matz
- Craig Murphy
- Madhawa Palihapitiya
- David Pantalone
- Jeffrey Pugh
- Karen Ross
- Malcolm Russell-Einhorn
- Sara Simon
- Courtenay Sprague
- David Steele
- Andrew Tarsy
- Douglas Thompson
- Joanna Vearey
- Robert Weiner
- Eben Weitzman
Darren Kew (PhD, Tufts University) is an associate professor of conflict resolution at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He studies the relationship between conflict resolution methods and democratic development in Africa. Much of his work focuses on the role of civil society groups in this development. He also monitored the last three Nigerian elections and the 2007 elections in Sierra Leone.
Kew has worked with the Council on Foreign Relations' Center for Preventive Action to provide analysis and blueprints for preventing conflicts in numerous areas around the world, including Nigeria, Central Africa, and Kosovo. He has also been a consultant on democracy and peace initiatives to the United Nations, USAID, the US State Department, and to a number of NGOs, including the Carter Center.
Associate Professor Kew is author of numerous works on Nigerian politics and conflict resolution, including the forthcoming book, Democracy, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society in Nigeria (Syracuse University Press).
- Civil society, conflict prevention, and transnational civil society development
- International security and crisis intervention in Africa
- Conflict resolution efforts as grassroots approaches to promoting democracy
- Conflict and democracy in Africa (especially Nigeria)
- Culture, religion, and conflict resolution
- International negotiation
Parfait Gasana is Operations Manager of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at the McCormack School of Government at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His particular interest in U.S. foreign policy stems from his experiences growing up in Rwanda, East Africa and observing firsthand the impact Western policies played in shaping regional politics. Parfait is also co-founder and Board President of the Kigali Reading Center (KRC), a nonprofit dedicated to spreading the joy of reading to children in Rwanda. Parfait earned his MS in International Relations at the McCormack School, where he received the Beacon Graduate Leadership Award and the Ambassador John W. McDonald Award for Leadership and Innovation in Global Governance and Conflict Resolution for his work with the KRC. Prior to his time at UMass Boston, Parfait served in various volunteer capacities with the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Secretary of State for the State of Connecticut; and the Institute for International Justice and Development. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, with a minor in Human Rights.
A native of Albania, Agron Alibali’s research centers on issues of legal and electoral reform, human and minority rights, and development and reform of banking and financial institutions in southeastern Europe.
A graduate of the University of Tirana Law School and Boston University School of Law, Alibali has worked at the Albanian Ministry of Justice and John Hancock Financial Services. He has been a consultant for the World Bank and an adjunct professor at Bryant University where he taught banking and business law. He has promoted and pursued several projects in southeastern Europe, including curriculum development, constitutional and electoral reform, environmental law, and bilateral university partnerships.
Mr. Alibali has published several articles in various legal journals covering different aspects of positive and customary law. As a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School in 2000, he researched and presented work on Kosovo’s legal status after NATO’s intervention and also on the legal status of ethnic minorities in the European Union. Through his work with local NGO’s in Albania, Alibali has contributed in further developing international environmental law especially in connection with various compliance mechanisms of international financial institutions. In 2008, he was nominated as a candidate member with the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Edmund Beard, Senior Fellow
Edmund Beard, now senior advisor in the Office of the President, University of Massachusetts, is the former chair of the Political Science Department and former director of the Master of Science in Public Affairs Graduate Program.
From 1983-1991, and again from 1999-2003, Professor Beard was director of the McCormack Institute, a predecessor of the McCormack Graduate School. Under his direction, the McCormack Institute developed the Master of Science in Public Affairs Graduate Program; established the New England Journal of Public Policy; published dozens of books, papers, and special reports; and received over six million dollars in federal endowment funds. From its inception in 2003 until the spring of 2006, Beard led the new McCormack Graduate School as acting dean.
The author and/or co-author of three books and numerous articles on various aspects of politics and public policy, Beard holds a MIA in international affairs and PhD in political science from Columbia University. He served for many years on the board of directors of the Social Policy Research Group in Boston and is a former research associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
In 1988, the University of Massachusetts Boston presented Edmund Beard with its Distinguished Public Service Award, the University's highest public service honor. A specialist in democratic political institutions and democratic political behavior, Professor Beard has been principal investigator of projects in Russia, China, Eastern Europe, and East and West Africa.
Professor Marie Breen-Smyth, a visiting professor in the UMass Boston Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, is a distinguished scholar of political violence, conflict resolution and international relations. She is Emerita Professor of International Politics at the University of Surrey, where she was Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences until September 2015. She is a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Research Affiliate of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. She has also served on the faculty of the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Elms College, and Smith College. She was appointed to the Academic Freedom Committee of International Studies Association in 2014 and in was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow in the United States Institute of Peace (2002-3). She is a founding editor of the Taylor and Francis journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism and has published widely on aspects of political violence, including making two films on Northern Ireland. She is also a qualified therapist and has held individual, couples and family therapy licenses in the UK and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Lt. General (Ret.) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, CFR, PhD, is Minister of the Interior for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He started cadet training at the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) in December,1974 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry in June,1977. He held several staff, instructional and command appointments, including chief of army staff (Nigeria's highest army position), a position he held for four years until his retirement from the military in September, 2010.
Loraine Della Porta’s public sector career spans over twenty-five years and reflects extensive experience in conflict prevention, organizational development and training. She is a trained lawyer and an experienced mediator, facilitator and dispute systems designer. From 2001 to 2013, Ms. Della Porta served as the deputy director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC), a free-standing institute of the University of Massachusetts Boston which serves as a neutral forum to assist public entities in resolving conflict and collaborating on important policy issues within government and across sectors. During her tenure, Ms. Della Porta played a major role in launching a number of large-scale projects, programs and public policy initiatives including most recently, the design and implementation of mediation programs for the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. She also served as the director of MOPC’s Public Policy Institute which provided a vehicle for communities to engage in deliberative dialogue and civil discourse on important policy issues including quality and affordable health care, elder care workforce issues, immigration, natural resources, energy, youth violence, and financial security. Loraine Della Porta's current professional work focuses on expanding the use of restorative justice and restorative practices both domestically and abroad.
Susan Jeghelian, Senior Fellow
Susan Jeghelia is the executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC), leading the organization's institutional planning, policy and budget development, fundraising, outreach, and qualification of practitioners for service on public contracts. She oversees the design, administration, and evaluation of programs and initiatives serving public agencies, legislators, courts and communities. Ms. Jeghelian has been with MOPC since 1993. She formerly served as MOPC Director of Court Programs as well as a mediator, facilitator and trainer for the office. Prior to orchestrating the office’s move to the University, Ms. Jeghelian led implementation of Executive Order #416, integrating dispute resolution into state government and served on the Trial Court Standing Committee for Dispute Resolution. Before MOPC, Ms. Jeghelian practiced law with a concentration in civil litigation and mediation, and worked as a staff attorney for the Supreme Judicial Court and a law clerk for the Superior Court. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from Boston College Law School. She recently served on the founding Steering Committee of the University Network for Collaborative Governance and formerly served as a board member of Cape Cod Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., a community mediation center on Cape Cod.
Daria Lyman's latest work as part of the Association of Conflict Resolution Magazine Winter 2017, can be found here.
Senior Fellow Daria Lyman leads CPDD’s restorative justice projects working with juveniles involved in the criminal justice system and incarcerated populations. Ms. Lyman is a mediator with expertise in permanency, parent/child, and victim/offender mediation.
Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. These two books are often First Year Experience selections at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., for which MacDonald gives campus lectures. He has been awarded an American Book Award, A New England Literary Lights Award, and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. MacDonald has written a number of essays and short stories, including The Resurrection of Cornelius Larkin: An Immigrant’s Tale, written for The Dropkick Murphys' theme album “Going Out in Style.” He has been a regular contributor to The Boston Globe’s Op Ed page and a Senior Contributing Editor for the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
An an Assistant Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, Kevin is an internationally experienced academic and researcher focused on understanding how market-based and enterprise-led approaches can contribute to global poverty alleviation. Kevin has an MBA and a PhD from the Schulich School of Business and is a founding Research Fellow of the York Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.
Kevin has over 15 years of experience in research, teaching and consulting on issues related to social and sustainable enterprise and international development. Most recently, Kevin has worked on major projects with the International Finance Corporation, the UNDP's Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, the International Development Research Center, the MasterCard Foundation and the Canadian International Development Agency. Kevin has conducted research in 12 African countries, India and Bangladesh. In addition to numerous practitioner reports, Kevin's work has been published in California Management Review, MIT/SLOAN Management Review, Organization Studies, Innovations and the Social Enterprise Journal. Kevin's latest book is Making Markets More Inclusive, on how agricultural value chains can be developed to improve the incomes and food security of smallholder farmers. Recently, Kevin was awarded $1M for a randomized controlled trial study to evaluate the most effective incentives for community heath workers to reduce maternal and child mortality in South Sudan. Kevin is a past member of the board of governors of York University and chair of the Board of the Foundation for Sustainable Enterprise and Development.
Gillian MacNaughton is an assistant professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, an affiliate of the PhD program in Global Governance and Human Security in the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies and an affiliate of the Economic and Social Rights Group of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. MacNaughton is an international human rights lawyer who works on economic and social rights, and is involved in developing human rights-based approaches to social justice, including human rights impact assessment and indicators.
Before joining UMass Boston, MacNaughton was the executive director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law, and a senior research officer at the Human Rights Center at the University of Essex in the UK. She has taught human rights at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in the US, in the European Regional Master's Program in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, and in several programs at the University of Oxford in the UK. In addition, MacNaughton has consulted on projects for WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, the World Bank, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, and numerous nongovernmental organizations. She received her doctorate from the University of Oxford and is a member of the Vermont Bar.
Madhawa Palihapitiya, Senior Fellow
As associate director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, Madhawa Palihapitiya heads the research and evaluation unit and conducts fundraising and organizational development. Mr. Palihapitiya has over ten years of experience in the conflict resolution field, with significant work in the areas of violence prevention, program design and program evaluation. With MOPC since 2007, Mr. Palihapitiya oversees research on all major MOPC mediation, collaborative governance and deliberative democracy programs, projects and initiatives. Prior to working at MOPC, Mr. Palihapitiya was the director of programs at the Foundation for Co-Existence in Sri Lanka where he engaged in high-risk mediation and violent conflict prevention efforts, including co-creating a state-of-the-art Conflict Early Warning and Early Response System for Sri Lanka. Mr. Palihapitiya holds a BA from the University of Colombo and a MA in conflict resolution from Brandeis University, and has completed courses in law at Sri Lanka Law College.
David Pantalone, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a clinical psychologist/behavioral scientist at The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, New England’s largest LGBT-focused health center. He completed his academic training in public policy at Brown University and in clinical psychology the University of Washington.
He has collaborated on interdisciplinary investigator teams for NIH-funded projects from NIMH, NIAAA, and NIDA. His empirical research focuses on the intersections of clinical and health psychology, especially intervention development and the dissemination of evidence-based interventions for preventing HIV through reducing substance use; improving HIV medication adherence in people who are infected with the virus; and coping with stressful experiences, including discrimination, social stigmatization, and interpersonal victimization, especially among sexual minority men.
Dr. Pantalone is active within the profession of psychology, having been elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of its Division 44 (LGBT Psychology). Additionally, he has served as Chair of the Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Malcolm Russell-Einhorn joined the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development as a senior fellow in February 2015. Mr. Russell-Einhorn, an accomplished international development specialist, came to UMass Boston from the State University of New York at Albany, where he directed the Center for International Development at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy for six and a half years.
Mr. Russell-Einhorn, a lawyer, has 23 years of international development experience focused on governance and public management reform, including work on a variety of public administration, legal and regulatory reform, parliamentary development, local governance, and civic engagement projects. Work that he oversaw included projects funded by USAID, the UK Department for International Development, The Asia Foundation, and The Ford Foundation in Bangladesh, Bosnia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, and Kenya. In recent years, the Center for International Development had over 75 home office and field staff and an annual budget of $12m. During his career, Russell-Einhorn has conducted research and provided technical assistance to a wide variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies overseas. He has published several articles in the international development field, focusing on comparative administrative law and legal frameworks encouraging transparency and accountability in government service delivery.
Mr. Russell-Einhorn has also previously served as Associate Director of the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland, as a senior legal and policy researcher at Abt Associates, as an attorney in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and as an associate at the law firm of Mintz, Levin. He has taught courses on administrative law at SUNY-Albany, on corruption and law and economic development in the Sustainable International Development Program at the Heller School of Brandeis University, and comparative law and legal reform in post-conflict environments at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.
Russell-Einhorn holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, as well as a master's degree in Russian Studies and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.
Sara is an independent consultant who researches the impacts of policy on civil society groups. She has extensive experience with underlying causes of poverty and human rights issues. She works directly with key affected communities affected by HIV, and is currently consulting with the European Commission. She has worked on US AID and EU-funded projects previously, in both French and Arabic. From 2008 to 2012, Sara managed the Communications and Consultation Facility of the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Board, based in Brussels, Belgium. She supported civil society engagement in policy making and ensuring accountability in the response to HIV and AIDS. Leading research on barriers to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, she looked specifically at stigma and discrimination and legal issues, from community perspectives. She has worked with CARE International, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UN Development Program (UNDP) in HIV and food security, HIV stigma and discrimination, as well as HIV in humanitarian crises.
Sara is interested in research and practice related to how the work of communities are translated into the policy environment, particularly supporting civil society groups in communicating daily needs into policy reform and strategizing to advocate for change at the international level. In particular, she has advocated for the realization of human rights in the programs and policies of UN AIDS, including the right to health and food. Sara is currently undertaking research in the southern United States on health outcomes and linkage to HIV care for persons living with HIV who are part of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, with Courtenay Sprague (Associate Professor, Global Health, UMass Boston).
Sara has a BS in international politics and Arab studies from Georgetown University; an MA in international economics and Middle Eastern studies from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and a certificate in Humanitarian and Human Rights Law from the Institut International des Droits de l'Homme (France).
David Steele has 20 years experience working with political, religious, and other civil society actors to effectively facilitate conflict transformation and coexistence within unstable, violence-prone situations of inter-ethnic and sectarian conflict.
During 2010-2011, he served as adjunct faculty in the master's program on coexistence at Brandeis' Heller School, led workshops for US government personnel on developing programming in religious contexts, and developed a manual for use in discussion of Muslim/Christian reconciliation efforts in Nigeria and inter-ethnic conflict in Kenya. During 2009-2010, he worked with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, following post-election violence in Kenya, to design a curriculum and manual for use in peace building and conflict transformation. He also co-led workshops for 300 participants from local NGOs. During 2008-2009, he served as senior reconciliation facilitator with the Baghdad office of the US Institute of Peace, providing training in negotiation, problem solving, and interfaith dialogue for a variety of personnel from Iraqi government agencies, educational institutions, religious groups, and civil society organizations. In addition, he has previously worked on conflict management projects in Indonesia, Iraq, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sri Lanka, and Yugoslavia.
Steele earned a PhD in Christian ethics and practical theology from the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote a dissertation on a theological assessment conflict resolution theory and practice.
He is also the author of numerous other publications on faith-based peace building, including: “Reconciliation Strategies in Iraq” and an “Overview to Faith-Based Peace Building."
Andrew Tarsy’s career has combined advocacy, education and organizational leadership. Most recently he was president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, and before that he was President and Co-founder of the Alliance for Business Leadership.
For eight years Andy served on the staff of the Anti-Defamation League, as Civil Rights Counsel and as Executive Director for the New England Region. He strengthened the organization’s commitment to hate crimes training for law enforcement, immigration reform, marriage equality, inter-religious dialogue and genocide education.
Andy has also been a senior executive with Facing History and Ourselves and in 2009 presented at a UNESCO Conference in Paris on the organization’s experience with Holocaust education in post-conflict African nations. In 2009, he was a Visiting Professional in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He began his career as an advocate for reform in the US criminal justice system, particularly with regard to legal representation for indigent defendants, and as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Andy has a BA in Government from Cornell University and a JD with Honors from George Washington University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance. In 2011, Andy was an official delegate on trade missions led by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to Israel, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
Joanna is an urban public health researcher with an interest in migration and health, social determinants of health, HIV, sex work, and local level responses. She has been rated by the National Research Foundation as a Young Researcher. Her PhD research focused on the development of a revised urban health framework to guide local level responses to urban health in low-income country contexts. Joanna is a senior researcher with the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand, where she is involved in designing and coordinating research programs, teaching and supervising graduate students.
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