Jennifer Freeman

Jennifer Freeman
Phone: (619) 260-7569
Office: Kroc Inst for Peace & Justice 117

Associate Director for PeaceMakers Programs

  • MA (summa cum laude), Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
  • BA, Political Science, University of Victoria

Jennifer Freeman is the Associate Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ), in charge of PeaceMakers Programs. To date, her work has involved supporting human rights and peacebuilding programs in nearly a dozen countries.

From 2010-2017, Freeman led the institute's Women, Peace and Security programming, including directing the award-winning Women PeaceMakers Program. She is a recognized expert in gender and peacebuilding, and has developed programs on gendered approaches to violent extremism, and leadership development that facilitates co-learning between peace leaders and private sector leaders.

She designed and teaches a graduate and undergraduate course on War, Gender and Peacebuilding, together with the Women PeaceMakers in residence each fall.  

Freeman holds a BA in political science from the University of Victoria, and an MA (summa cum laude) in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where she studied on a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. She is currently pursuing her doctorate, where her research interests include challenges to women's peace leadership in post-conflict transitions, and gendered analyses of challenges to more effective insider-outsider collaboration in peacebuilding. 

Her writings have appeared in the Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, New Routes: A Journal of Peace Research and Action, Peace Policy, and the Christian Science Monitor. She is fluent in German.