Center for Conflict Studies Knowledge as Action, Action as Change

Our Team

People of Action at CCS:

Arwa Awan

Arwa Awan (From Summer 2015)

Arwa Awan is an undergraduate student at Cornell University, majoring in History and Government. Her research interests include gender and sexuality in British Colonial India, while she is also drawn towards intellectual history. Starting in October 2015, she will be studying abroad at the University of Oxford for a year in History and Politics program. She has been involved with organizing for various social justice causes on campus. With a profound interest in critical theory, she is particularly passionate about racial justice from both an academic and activist standpoint.

Raymond Aycock

Raymond Aycock (From Fall 2014)

Raymond Aycock is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where he received an MA in International Policy Studies with a concentration in conflict resolution. He participated in two field research courses, one to Nepal and one to Gujarat, India where he focused on issues of marginalized communities in post-conflict/violence societies. He volunteered for the International Rescue Committee as an ESL tutor for refugees, and completed a fellowship with the Advocacy Project in Kathmandu, Nepal where he worked with an NGO on Dalit human rights issues.

Kimberly Bellows

Kimberly Bellows (From Winter 2014)

Kimberly received her BA in International Relations with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Davis and she is currently studying for her MA in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She has worked for a congresswoman in Washington, DC, taught English in Chile and volunteered at a peace and reconciliation center in Northern Ireland. At MIIS she works with both the CCS and the Enrollment Office. Her passion is promoting understanding through international and intercultural exchange.

Kyrstie Lane

Kyrstie Lane (From Summer 2011)

Kyrstie received her BA in French and International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound, with a certificate in advanced French studies from l'Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, and graduated from MIIS in 2012 with an MA in International Policy Studies and a concentration in conflict resolution. She has conducted fieldwork in France, Salinas, and Nepal. She is the managing editor of Reflections, and also edits for the news site Watching America. Kyrstie currently works at CSU Monterey Bay in TRiO Student Support Services, a federally funded program to support first-generation and low-income college students. Her areas of interest include peacebuilding, immigration, and educational equality