School of Peace Studies

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Location: KIPJ Room 113
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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About the Kroc School

Ami Carpenter

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • M.A. Communication Studies
  • B.A. (Honors) Psychology

Ami Carpenter is an Associate Professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego. She holds a PhD from George Mason University and has taught courses on international, community and organizational conflict prevention and resolution at George Mason University (Arlington, Virginia), National Taurida Vernatsky University (Simferopol, Ukraine), and California State University (Dominguez Hills). Dr. Carpenter worked on numerous initiatives as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and conflict resolution consultant. She currently advises Interpeace, the United States Institute of Peace CVE and ARC programs, the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention and the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human and Child Sex Trafficking. Her previous publications cover resilience in fragile states and violent conflict in Mexico and Central America. Her research focuses on community resilience to violence, and the criminal dimensions of political conflicts. Currently, she is researching vulnerability and resilience to conflict in Iraqi and Guatemalan communities, and the connection between transnational gangs and criminal networks in Central America.

Representative Publications:

Books & Book Chapters

Carpenter Ami, (2013). Community Resilience to Sectarian Violence in Baghdad. New York: Springer Publishing

Carpenter, Ami (2013). "Land Conflict, Drug-Smuggling, and Gangs: Challenges for Conflict Resolution in Mexico and Guatemala,”. In Crime and Violence in Latin America: Myths and Realities, K. Howarth and J. Peterson (Eds). Lexington Books, forthcoming in 2015

Carpenter, Ami (2014). "In Hand, Out of Hand: Weapons and Culture in Large Latino Gangs” in Psychological Perspectives on Youth Gang Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use, Marek Palasinski (Ed), IGI Global Publishing

Carpenter, Ami (2008). “Rendering Idea to Practice: Conflict Prevention and Development Assistance in Guatemala.” Dissertation, Copyright Carpenter 2008

Carpenter Ami, with Cheldelin, Sandra (2006). “Emergent Best Practices for Collaborative Partnerships in Infrastructure Protection” in Critical Infrastructure Protection Project Workshop II Working Papers. George Mason University Press, Fairfax Virginia.

Carpenter, Ami, Paula Scalinga and Sandra Cheldelin. 2005. “Designing a Roadmap for Partnership: The First Step, Identifying the Key Stakeholders.” In Critical Infrastructure Protection in the National Capital Region: Risk-based Foundations for Resilience and Sustainability. Final Report, Volume 12, Submitted in fulfillment of Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative and Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Grant.

Carpenter, Ami. and Cheldelin, Sandra. 2003. “Collaborative Systems Design for Public-Private Partnerships” in Critical Infrastructure Protection Project, Workshop I Working Papers. George Mason University Press.

Thomas, Kit, Carpenter, Ami and Seigel, John 2003. “The Policy and Research Perspective” in Critical Infrastructure Protection Project, Workshop I Working Papers. George Mason University Press.


Carpenter, Ami (2012). “Civilian Protection in Mexico & Guatemala: Humanitarian Engagement with Druglords & Gangs.” Homeland Security Review

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

Carpenter, Ami (2012). “Changing Lenses: Conflict Analysis and Mexico’s War.” Journal of Latin American Politics and Society, forthcoming 2013

Carpenter, Ami, Lawrence, Anu, and Line, Milburn (2012). “Contested Authorities: Alternatives to State Law and Order in Post-Conflict Guatemala.” Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, forthcoming 2012

Carpenter, Ami (2011). “Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field - A Review.” Journal of Peace Education, 8 (3): 359-360

Carpenter, Ami (2010). “Beyond Drug Wars: Transforming Factional Conflict in Mexico.” Conflict Resolution Quarterly 27(4): 401-421

Carpenter, Ami. 2005. “Conflict Prevention in the International Sphere.” Transnational Journal of Conflict Management. No. 2, Vol. 5

Carpenter, Ami (2005). “Partnerships for Sustainable Development and Human Rights: A Plea for Research.” Transnational Dispute Management 2(1).

Carpenter, Ami (2004). “Recommended Practices for Public-Private Collaboration.” Transnational Dispute Management 1(4).

White Papers & Commissioned Reports

Carpenter Ami, and Cooper, Stacey (2012). “Weak Links: Gangs and Criminal Networks in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region.” Final Report of the Gangs: Regional Presence and Activity (GRPA) Project.

Carpenter, Ami and Laurence, Anu (2011). “Land Conflict in Quiche, Guatemala: A Baseline Report.” Final Report, submitted in fulfillment of MercyCorps, Guatemala evaluation project.

Carpenter, Ami (2010). “Final Report of the Listening Tour”. Submitted to the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. URL:

Carpenter, Ami. 2006. “Patterns of Resilience in Fragile States.” Final Report, Submitted in fulfillment of the United States Agency for International Development and University of Maryland contract.

Contributing author to the United Nations Guidelines on Good Governance in Public Private Partnerships in Infrastructure. (Economic and Social Council, Committee for Trade, Industry and Economic Development, Working Party on International Legal and Commercial Practice 2003)


Honda, Michael and Carpenter, Ami (2012). “In fighting gangs, US should look to El Salvador.” Christian Science Monitor, 28, December:

Carpenter, Ami (2012). Tackling Child-Sex Trafficking: Commentary on the CASE Act. San Diego Union Tribune, 20 September:

Carpenter, Ami and McDougal, Topher (2011). “Marijuana Cartels and the Mafia.” San Diego Union Tribune, 3 June: B6,

Carpenter, Ami and Ceja, Anthony (2010). Preventing Gang Violence in San Diego.” San Diego Union Tribune, 14, September B6,

Shank, Michael and Carpenter, Ami (2008). “Banco del Sur: An Alternative to the World Bank and IMF.” Nepali Times, Issue 381.

Contact Information

Ami Carpenter

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Phone | (619) 260-7830
Office | KIPJ 272

Curriculum Vita