Center for Conflict Studies Knowledge as Action, Action as Change


A diverse group of people from different backgrounds, professions, and places has come together to make the Center for Conflict Studies and its varied projects and events possible. Meet the people who pursue their passion through the Center. Browse the pages at right to learn about our director, advisory committee, team, and alumni.



Dr. Pushpa Iyer

Pushpa Iyer has over 20 years of experience in the field of conflict studies. She specializes in identity conflicts, non-state armed groups, civil wars, peace processes, and peacebuilding in post-war societies. Her current research interests are: non-state armed groups, challenges to peacebuilding, and gendered security in the US military. Pushpa is a long-term activist and advocate for the poor and marginalised communities in Gujarat, India. She has consulted and conducted research in several countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as in Africa.

Currently, Pushpa is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Policy and Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Pushpa also has a degree in law from Gujarat University, India and an MBA in International Management from the University of East London, UK.

Pushpa is the founding Director of the Center for Conflict Studies and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Center's publications.