Women PeaceMakers
Institute for Peace and Justice

Contact: Jennifer Freeman
Phone: (619) 260-7569
Fax: (619) 260-7570

Location: KIPJ Room 121
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

2011 Peace Writers

Amy S. Choi is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work has appeared inBusinessWeekThe Wall Street JournalWomen’s Wear DailyThe Philadelphia City Paper and Time Out New York, among other publications. A dedicated storyteller and volunteer, over the past decade she has worked with organizations such as Minds Matter and The All-Stars Project to reach out to low-income urban youth in New York using writing and performance. Taking a sabbatical in 2010 to travel through the developing world, including Colombia, Tunisia, Lebanon, India and Southeast Asia, Choi emerged with a commitment to report and write about human rights and peace activism both domestically and globally, as well as a deep commitment to gender issues. Choi holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and poetry from Northwestern University. 

Choi worked with peacemaker Manjula Pradeep of India and wrote the narrative "Broken Can Heal."

A freelance photographer and multimedia journalist based in New Delhi, Bijoyeta Das has reported from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Turkey and the United States. Das holds an M.A. in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and a B.A. in history from Delhi University in India. Her work has been published in Women’s eNews, Deutsche Welle, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, All India Radio, Tribal Truth, FotoWitness and Her photo story “Dreams of a Goddess” won the Silver Medal at the TashkentAle-2010 photo festival in Uzbekistan, and her short documentary film “Branded Girls” was a finalist and screened at the 2011 Women’s Voices Now Film Festival in Los Angeles. Das has worked as an intern at Dorchester ReporterNew England Press Association Bulletin and Barakat, Inc., and taught English language at Northeastern University and Kaplan, Inc. Das continues to document human interest stories focusing on culture, women and migration. Her work is available at

Das worked with peacemaker Claudette Werleigh of Haiti and wrote the narrative "Building Bridges, Building Peace."

Alison Morse is a freelance writer and educator. She received her M.F.A. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., where her thesis, a novel-in-progress about the war in the former Yugoslavia, won the Outstanding Thesis Award. Her articles, short stories and poetry have been published widely in print and online. She also teaches ELL to adult immigrants from all over the world and is a passionate advocate for immigrant rights. Writing is Morse’s second career. For 20 years prior, she was an animator for documentary, artistic and commercial projects and a teacher of animation. Wanting to express the content most meaningful to her with the least amount of technical interference, she turned from moving images to words. Now she uses character, setting, plot and narrative time – tools familiar to her as an animator – to tell stories that promote peacebuilding and human empowerment.

Morse worked with peacemaker Wahu Kaara of Kenya and wrote the narrative "The Strength of Mothers."

Nikki Lyn (Lyn-Li) Pugh is a writer, editor and teacher with a B.A. in ethnic studies from UCSD and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. Pugh has been privileged to use her pen as a tool for education and consciousness-raising in a variety of capacities. As an undergraduate, she worked as media coordinator for the Support Committee for Maquiladora Workers in San Diego and with homeless rights organizations in Los Angeles. In her first year at the University of New Orleans, she was evacuated during Hurricane Katrina and assisted in gathering dozens of narratives as part of the two-part anthology Voices Rising. As editor of the San Diego-based Vision Magazine and a freelance journalist, she has published articles on human rights, cross-border organizing, personal development, alternative health and education. Pugh has a bilingual education teaching credential and has taught for eight years in California, New Orleans, Hawaii and Lafayette, La., where she created a specially designed classroom for kindergarten children affected by Hurricane Katrina. She is currently working on a book based on these and other disaster-related experiences.

Pugh worked with peacemaker Rashad Zaydan of Iraq and wrote the narrative "Um Al-Iraq (The Date Palm Tree)."