Faculty and Fellows


Darren Kew, Executive Director

Senior Fellows


Darren Kew, Executive Director, Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development Darren Kew, Executive Director

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.

Darren 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.

Darren 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).  His research interests include 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; and nation-building.

Email: darren.kew@umb.edu


Senior Fellows 

Agron AlibaliAgron Alibali, Senior Fellow

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, Center for Peace, Democracy, and DevelopmentEdmund 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.

Email: ebeard@umassp.edu

Marie Breen-Smyth, Senior Fellow

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 Dambazau, Visiting Fellow, Center for Peace, Democracy, and DevelopmentLt. General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Ret.), Senior Fellow

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, Senior Fellow

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.

Email: susan.jeghelian@umb.edu

Daria Lyman, Senior Fellow

Daria Lyman leads CPDD’s restorative justice projects, working with incarcerated populations and juveniles involved in the criminal justice system.  She is a mediator with expertise in permanency, parent/child, and victim/offender mediation.  Her latest work as part of the Association of Conflict Resolution Magazine Winter 2017, can be found here.

Email: daria.lyman@gmail.com

Michael Patrick MacDonald, Senior Fellow

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. 

Kevin McKague, Senior Fellow, Center for Peace, Democracy, and DevelopmentKevin McKague, Senior Fellow

Kevin is the Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets and an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University. Kevin’s research focuses on social entrepreneurship in Africa, South Asia and North America in the fields of health, agriculture, energy and water. 

With $3M in research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the International Development Research Centre, CIHR, Grand Challenges Canada and Global Affairs Canada, Kevin is currently investigating: the most effective social enterprise models for volunteer community health workers in Africa; how a gender lens can enhance the performance of social enterprises for maternal and child health; and the opportunities and challenges for scaling social franchise business models to improve food security for smallholder farmers in Africa.

Kevin has worked on major research projects with the International Finance Corporation, the United Nations Development Programme’s Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, the International Development Research Centre and MasterCard Foundation.  In addition to numerous publications for practitioner audiences and decision-makers, Kevin's work has been published in Organization Studies, the Social Enterprise Journal, California Management ReviewMIT/SLOAN Management Review and Innovations. Kevin is also the author of Making Markets More Inclusive

Kevin has an MBA and a PhD from the Schulich School of Business and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Refugee Studies and the Centre of Excellence for Responsible Business at York Universtiy, Canada.

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.

Email: madhawa.palihapitiya@umb.edu

David PantaloneDavid Pantalone, Senior Fellow

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.

Dr. Pantalone 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 and engagement with care through reducing alcohol use; and coping with stressful experiences, including identity-based discrimination among racial or ethnic minority and sexual minority men who are living with HIV.

Dr. Pantalone is highly active within the profession of psychology, serving as an associate editor at the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and as President of APA's Division 44 during 2017-18. In honor of his contributions to the field, he was been elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and three of its divisions, including Clinical (Division 12), Health (Division 38), and LGBT Psychology (Division 44).

Malcolm Russell-EinhornMalcolm Russell-Einhorn, Senior Fellow

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.

Email: M.Russell-Einhorn@umb.edu

Sara Simon, Senior Fellow, Center for Peace, Democracy, and DevelopmentSara Simon, Senior Fellow

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, Senior Fellow, Center for Peace, Democracy, and DevelopmentDavid Steele, Senior Fellow

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 TarsyAndrew Tarsy, Senior Fellow

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 Vearey, Senior Fellow, Center for Peace, Democracy, and DevelopmentJo Vearey, Senior Fellow

Jo Vearey is an associate professor at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), where she is involved in designing and coordinating research programs, teaching, and supervising graduate students.  Jo is a South African National Research Foundation rated researcher and member of the South African Young Academy of Science.  Supported by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, she has established the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp). 

With a commitment to social justice, Jo’s research explores ways to generate and communicate knowledge to improve responses to migration, health, and wellbeing in the southern African region.  Fundamental to her research practice is Jo’s participation in a range of policy processes at international, regional, national, and local levels.  Jo is exploring the role of public engagement in the development of appropriate policy responses, including the use of mixed methods approaches that involve various publics in the co-production and application of knowledge to affect change.  She has a blog where she shares ongoing research and policy process involvement.

Jo's most recent publications include the following:

Vearey, J., Modisenyane, M. and Hunter-Adams, J. (2017). Towards a migration-aware health system in South Africa: A strategic opportunity to address health inequity. South African Health Review.

Walker, R., Vearey, J. and Nencel, L. (2017). Negotiating the city: exploring the intersecting vulnerabilities of non-national migrant mothers who sell sex in Johannesburg, South Africa. AGENDA.

Hanefeld, J., Vearey, J. and Lunt, N. on behalf of the Researchers on Migration, Mobility and Health Group (2017). A global research agenda on migration, mobility, and health. The Lancet 389, 2358-2359.

Vearey, J., Thomson, K., Sommers, T. and Sprague, C. (2017). Exploring local-level responses to migration and urban health in Hillbrow: the Johannesburg Migrant Health Forum. BMC Public Health 17(Suppl 3), 427.

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (2017). Beyond the single story: creative research approaches with migrant sex workers in South Africa. Families, Relationships and Societies 6(2), 317- 321.

Vearey, J. (2017). Urban Health in Johannesburg: Migration, Exclusion and Inequality. Urban Forum. doi:10.1007/s12132-017-9306-3.

Makandwa, T. and Vearey, J. (2017). Giving Birth in a Foreign Land: Exploring the Maternal Healthcare Experiences of Zimbabwean Migrant Women Living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Urban Forum 28(1), 75-90.  doi:10.1007/s12132-017-9304-5.

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