Faculty Publications

To better understand the issues of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, social justice and human rights, we publish articles, research papers, studies, thought leadership papers and much more. View our digital library below to learn more about the global challenges we face and the solutions being put into action to advance peace and justice.

  • Ami Carpenter

    Carpenter, Ami C. “In Hand, Out of Hand: Weapons and Violence Culture in Large Latino Gangs.” In Global Perspectives on Youth Gang Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use, edited by Simon Harding and Marek Palasinski. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2016.

    Carpenter, Ami C. "Gangs and Drug Trafficking: Challenges for Conflict Resolution in Mexico and Guatemala. In Linking Political Violence and Crime in Latin America, edited by Kirsten Howarth and Jenny H. Peterson. New York: Lexington Books, 2015.

    Carpenter, Ami C. and Stacey Cooper. Understanding Transnational Criminal Networks: A Contribution to Community Resilience: A Social Network Analysis of the San Diego/Tijuana Border. Journal of Gang Research 22:3 (2015), 1-24.

    Carpenter, Ami C. “Changing Lenses: Conflict Analysis and Mexico’s ‘Drug War.’” Journal of Latin American Politics and Society 55:3 (2013), 139-160.

    Carpenter, Ami C.Civilian Protection in Mexico & Guatemala: Humanitarian Engagement with Druglords & Gangs.The Homeland Security Review, 6:2 (2012), 109-136.

    Carpenter, Ami C. “Havens in a Firestorm: Perspectives from Baghdad on Resilience to Sectarian Violence.Civil Wars 14:2 (2012), 182-204.

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  • Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

    Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. Forthcoming. Ties that Bind: Contemporary Slavery, Social Movements, and the Slaveholder’s Dilemma. Columbia University Press.

    Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2016. Guest Editor, Special Issue of the Journal of Human Trafficking on ‘Slaveholders and Traffickers.’ 2(1).

    Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2016. “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Human Rights Violators in Comparative Perspective.” Journal of Human Trafficking 2(1).

    Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2016. “From Rescue to Representation: A Human Rights Approach to the Contemporary Anti-Slavery Movement.” Journal of Human Rights. (doi: 10.1080/14754835.2015.1032222)

    Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin and Tautvydas Juskauskas. 2015. “Up in the Air: Applying the Jacobs Crowd Formula to Drone Imagery.” Procedia Engineering 107: 273-281. (doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2015.06.082)

    Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2015. “Democracy and its Appearances: Staging and Scripting the Iron Law.” Social Movement Studies. 14(2): 123-141 (doi 10.1080/14742837.2014.945158).

    Vaidyanathan Brandon, Michael Strand, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Thomas Buschman, Meghan Davis, and Amanda Varela. 2015. “Causality in Contemporary American Sociology: An Empirical Assessment and Critique.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. (doi: 10.1111/jtsb.12081)

    Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2014. “Drones for Good: Technological Innovation, Social Movements and the State. Journal of International Affairs. Volume 68; Number 1. 1-18.

    Brysk, Alison and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (eds). 2012. From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Rethinking Contemporary Slavery. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press (Series on Human Rights).

    McVeigh, Rory, Josh Dinsman, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, and Priyamvada Trivedi. 2011. “Obama vs. Clinton: Categorical Boundaries and Intra-Party Electoral Outcomes.” Social Problems 58(1): 47-68.

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  • Bahar Davary

    Davary’s scholarly research focuses on the interpretation of the classical Islamic canon as well as engagement with the concrete lives and social situations of women in various parts of the Muslim world. Her book Women in the Qur’an: An Islamic Hermeneutic, will be published by Edwin Mellen Press. In “Violence to the Text: Violence through the Text” she argues that the use of specific verses of the Qur’an, as if they were proverbs, violates the tenor of the text as a whole by rendering women as “the other.” In her article “Miss Elsa and the Veil: Shame, Honor, and Identity Negotiations” in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (2009), she furthered the theme of women as the “gendered other,” by focusing on the “veiled other.” In her publication “Muslim and Christian Women: The Image of God and the Common Legacy of Patriarchy” in Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-e Niswan she draw elements from both Christian and Islamic feminist thought in order to point to similarities and differences in their approaches to their respective textual tradition. In “Forgiveness in Islam: Is it an Ultimate Reality?” she addressed an essential element of Islamic ethics that has not been addressed in Islamic academic writings.

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  • Dustin Sharp

    Sharp, Dustin N. “Human Rights Fact-Finding and the Reproduction of Hierarchies,” in The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding (Philip Alston & Sarah Knuckey, eds, Oxford University Press 2015.

    Sharp, Dustin N.Emancipating Transitional Justice from the Bonds of the Paradigmatic Transition,” nternational Journal of Transitional Justice 9:1 (2015), 150-169.

    Sharp, Dustin. “Security Sector Reform for Human Security: The Role of International Law and Transitional Justice in Shaping More Effective Policy and Practice,” In International Law & Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy edited by Matthew Saul & James A. Sweeney. New York: Routledge 2015.

    Sharp, Dustin N., ed Justice & Economic Violence in Transition New York: Springer 2014.

    Sharp, Dustin N.Addressing Dilemmas of the Global and the Local in Transitional Justice,” Emory International Law Review (2014), 71-117.

    Sharp, Dustin. “The Significance of Human Rights for the Debt of Countries in Transition,” in Making Sovereign Financing & Human Rights Work by Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and Jernej Cernic, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014.

    Sharp, Dustin N. Interrogating the Peripheries; The Preoccupations of Fourth Generation Transitional JusticeHarvard Human Rights Journal 26 (2013), 149-178.

    Sharp, Dustin N.Beyond the Post-Conflict Checklist: Linking Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice Through the Lens of Critique,” Chicago Journal of International Law 14:1 (2013), 165-196.

    Sharp, Dustin. “Bridging the Gap; DDR, Transitional Justice and the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission,” in Transitional Justice & Peacebuilding on the Ground: Victims and Excombatants, edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram, Jemima Garcia-Godos, Johanna Herman, and Olga Martin-Ortega. New York: Routledge 2012.

    Sharp, Dustin.Requiem for a Pipedream; Oil, the World Bank, and the Need for Human Rights Assessments,” Emory International Law Review 25:1 (2011), 379-410 .

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  • Hans Schmitz

    2015. The Global Health Network on Alcohol Control. Successes and Limits of Evidence-Based Advocacy, Health Policy and Planning (forthcoming).

    2014. Principled Instrumentalism: A Theory of Transnational NGO Behavior, Review of International Studies (with George E. Mitchell).

    2014. Networks in Public Administration. Current Scholarship in Review, Public Management Review 16 (5), 643-665 (with Jesse Lecy and Ines Mergel).

    2013. Rebels without a cause? Transnational Diffusion and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), 1986-2011, in: Transnational Dynamics of Civil War, edited by Jeffrey T. Checkel, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 120-48.

    2013. Encouraging Greater Compliance: Local Networks and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), in: The Persistent Power of Human Rights. From Commitment to Compliance, edited by Thomas Risse, Stephen Ropp and Kathryn Sikkink, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 203-21 (with Wagaki Mwangi and Lothar Rieth).

    2013. International Human Rights, in: Handbook of International Relations (2nd edition), edited by Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse and Beth A. Simmons, London: Sage, 827-51 (with Kathryn Sikkink).

    2012. A Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) in Practice: Evaluating NGO Development Efforts, Polity 44 (4), 523-41.

    2012. Accountability of Transnational NGOs: Aspirations versus Practice, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 41 (6), 1176-95 (with Paloma Raggo and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken).
    2012. ‘Corporations and NGOs: When Accountability leads to Co-optation,’ Journal of Business Ethics 106 (1), 9-21 (with Dorothea Baur).

    2012. Non-Governmental and Not-For-Profit Organizational Effectiveness: A Modern Synthesis, Voluntas 23 (2), 434-57 (with Jesse D. Lecy and Haley Swedlund).

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  • Mark Woods

    Woods’ research has focused on environmental philosophy.  His soon to be completed book Rethinking Wilderness is an interdisciplinary defense of the concept of wilderness and the philosophy of wilderness preservation that responds to a variety of critiques of wilderness from philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, environmental management, and environmentalism.  He has published entries and articles in the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, the Blackwell Companion to Environmental Philosophy, and the environmental philosophy journals Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, and Ethics, Place & Environment.  Woods’ research also has focused on the intersection of environment and war, and he has published articles in the journal Ethics & International Affairs and the book Rethinking the Just War Tradition.  During the academic year 2008-09, he coached a USD team of four undergraduate students that took first place in the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition.

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  • Michelle Madsen Camacho
    Camacho has been recognized with awards for research, innovation, and mentorship, and is a former Fulbright Scholar.  Offering program evaluation nationwide, she is also an elected member of the American Sociological Association’s Department Resource Group.  Her publications include journal articles and books, including, The Borderlands of Education:  Latinas in Engineering, a book coauthored with Dr. Susan Lord.  She is also a co-editor of Mentoring Faculty of Color:  Essays on Professional Development and Advancement in Colleges and Universities (with Dwayne Mack and Elwood Watson).  Additional work has been published in Latino Studies, the Journal of Engineering EducationJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and EngineeringJournal of Hispanics in Higher EducationHuman OrganizationMichigan Journal for Community Service LearningThought and Action, and the proceedings for the American Society of Engineering Education and Frontiers in Education, among others.  Her current research seeks to improve transitions of Post 9/11 military veterans as they transfer to institutions of higher education.



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  • Necla Tschirgi

    Tschirgi, Necla and Richard Ponzio. “The Dynamics that Shaped the Establishment of the Peacebuilding Architecture in the Early Years.” In UN Peacebuilding Architecture, edited by Cedric de Coning and Eli Stamnes. New York: Routledge, 2016.

    Tschirgi, Necla. “Rebuilding War-Torn Societies: A Critical Review of International Approaches.” In Managing Conflict in a World Adrift, edited by Chester Crocker, Pamela Aall, and Fen Hampson. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2015.

    Tschirgi, Necla and Cedric de Coning. “Ensuring Sustainable Peace: Strengthening Global Security and Justice through the UN Peacebuilding Architecture.” Background Paper. Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. The Hague Institute for Global Justice, 2015.

    Tschirgi, Necla. “The Securitisation of Peacebuilding.” In Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding, edited by Roger Mac Ginty. New York: Routledge, 2013.

    Tschirgi, Necla, Michael S. Lund, and Francesco Mancini, eds. Security and Development: Searching for Critical Connections. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009.

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  • Topher McDougal

    Ferguson, Neil T.N., Maren M. Michaelsen, and Topher L. McDougal. “From Pax Narcotica to Guerra Publica: Explaining Civilian Violence in Mexico’s Illicit Drug War.” In Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Prevention, edited by Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

    McDougal, Topher L. and Raul Caruso. “Is there a relationship between wartime violence and postwar agricultural development outcomes? The case of concessions and community grants in Mozambique,” Political Geography 50 (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.09.001.

    McDougal, Topher L.Some Observations on the Practical Peace Scholar,” Business, Peace, and Sustainable Development 5 (2015).

    McDougal, Topher L. “Estimating the Size of the Illicit Small Arms Economy in San Diego”, Working Paper 201511-01 Small Arms Data Observatory, 2015.

    McDougal, Topher L., Talia Hagerty, Lisa Inks, Claire-Lorentz Ugo-Ike, Caitriona Dowd, Stone Conroy, and Daniel Ogabiela. “The Effect of Farmer-Pastoralist Violence on Income: New Survey Evidence from Nigeria’s Middle Belt States,” The Economics of Peace and Security Journal 10:1 (2015).

    McDougal, Topher L., Talia Hagerty, Lisa Inks, Claire-Lorentz Ugo-Ike, Caitriona Dowd, and Stone Conroy. “The Macroeconomic Benefits of Farmer-Pastoralist Peace in Nigeria’s Middle Belt: An Input-Output Analysis Approach,” The Economics of Peace and Security Journal 10:1, (2015).

    McDougal, Topher L. and Lars Almquist. “The Effects of Agricultural Cooperatives on Land Conflicts, Violence, and Community Trust: Household-Level Evidence from Rural Burundi,” Economics of Peace and Security Journal 9:2 (2014).

    McDougal, Topher L., Athena Kolbe, Robert Muggah, and Nicholas Marsh.“Ammunition Leakage from Military to Civilian Markets: Market Price Evidence from Haiti, 2004-2012” Working Paper 201407-01, Small Arms Data Observatory, 2014.

    McDougal, Topher L., David A. Shirk, Robert Muggah, and John H. Patterson. “The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border”, Journal of Economic Geography, 2014.

    Conroy, Stephen J. and Topher L. McDougal “Editorial: Addressing the Call for Leadership for Peace and Prosperity,” Business, Peace, and Sustainable Development 3 (2014), 3-12.

    McDougal, Topher L.Stability and the Economy: Cooperative Game Theoretic Implications for Economic Policy in a Dual-Sector Economy,” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 2:2 (2013).

    McDougal, Topher L.Law of the Landless: The Dalit Bid for Land Redistribution in Gujarat, India,” Law & Development Review 4:1 (2011), 141-167.

    McDougal, Topher L.Predation and Production in a Core-Periphery Model: A Note,” Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy 17:1 (2011).

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