Center for Conflict Studies Knowledge as Action, Action as Change

Panel of Scholars and Practitioners

Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8:45 AM


Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell is currently Emeritus Professor of Conflict Research at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) in George Mason University, Virginia. Prior to this, he has held teaching and research appointments at University College London, the London School of Economics, the University of Southampton, the University of Surrey and City University, London. He has written extensively about the analysis of protracted  and intractable social conflicts and about the practice of conflict resolution. He has been involved as a consultant and facilitator in conflicts in Cyprus, Spain, the former Soviet Union, Africa and Latin America. Most recently he has been part of the Zones of Peace Working Group at S-CAR and has spent over a decade researching local peace initiatives in countries such as Colombia and the Philippines. His most recent books, edited with his colleague, Landon Hancock, are Local Zones of Peace (Kumarian Press; 2007) and Local Peacebuilding and National Peace (Continuum, 2012). He is currently engaged in completing an updated version of his old textbook The Structure of International Conflict (Macmillan, 1981).


Ian Barrow

Ian Barrow is a professor of South Asian history, imperialism and world history at Middlebury College.  His two books, Surveying and Mapping in Colonial India and Making History, Drawing Territory: British Mapping in India, c. 1756-1905, were published by Oxford University Press in 2008 and 2003, respectively. His current research is on the currency of the East India Company and assassinations in South Asia. He has won grants from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar program, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, the Social Science Research Council and the J. B. Harley Research Fellowship program. He is currently the history department chair and the director of South Asian Studies. He has also served as the director of Middlebury's International Studies Program.


Masen Davis

Masen Davis is a nationally recognized leader and spokesperson in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. He currently serves as Executive Director of Transgender Law Center (TLC), the largest transgender advocacy organization in the world. Under his direction, Transgender Law Center has secured groundbreaking federal protections against employment discrimination for transgender and gender nonconforming people under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in Macy v Department of Justice. From sweeping changes to California nondiscrimination law to unprecedented healthcare access initiatives for transgender people across the country, Masen’s leadership has had a tremendous impact on the rights and wellbeing of transgender people in the United States. Masen has appeared in the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and Rolling Stone Magazine; met with LGBT leaders in Beijing and Shanghai; and recently presented a panel about LGBT people and the Affordable Care Act at The White House. He lives in San Francisco with his partner Michele and a scrappy puppy named Bear.


Mike Ewall

Mike Ewall is the founder and director of the Energy Justice Network (, a national network supporting grassroots resistance against dirty energy and waste facilities, notably incinerators, biomass, coal and natural gas.  Active since high school in 1990, he's been a leader in the national Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), and in 2004, was a founding member of Energy Action Coalition (EAC), host of the PowerShift conferences.  In his home state of Pennsylvania, he has led winning campaigns stopping numerous incinerators, a nuclear waste dump, a coal-to-oil refinery, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, water fluoridation and much more.  Since 2006, he's built national networks of grassroots activists fighting off coal plants and biomass incinerators.  In 2008, his extensive work against environmental racism earned him a "tuition-free law school for activists" scholarship to the social justice activist-run law school at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Before law school, he authored the nation's strongest mercury and dioxin air pollution ordinances and has used these local laws to stop proposed polluters in small Pennsylvania towns. More at


Dianne Barker Harrold

Dianne Barker Harrold has practiced law for the past 26 years, most of them in Indian Country. She served as tribal judge for thirteen Indian tribes in Oklahoma and then went on to serve as the elected District Attorney for eight years in four counties in Northeast Oklahoma, serving as the first female Native American District Attorney for the State of Oklahoma. She also served as an attorney in the first jury trial ever held in the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Previously, she served as Attorney General, General Counsel and Director of the Legal Assistance for Victims for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma and Special Advisor to the Chief.  She has also served as an adjunct professor at Bacone (Muscogee Creek Nation) College teaching Native American Studies and served for five years as the Associate Judge for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. She is currently the attorney for the Tribal Council of the Cherokee Nation and the Resource Delivery Coordinator for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc. She is also a member the National Congress of American Indians and the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association. She is an independent consultant, training tribal prosecutors and law enforcement, victims' advocates, child welfare workers, and service providers in the areas of child abuse, victim advocacy, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other related topics.


Susan Hirsch

Susan F. Hirsch is a Full Professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University. Her training in legal anthropology (BA Yale 1982, PhD Duke 1990) led to research on Islamic law, gender relations, and law reform in Kenya and Tanzania, and her work continues to focus on law's role in a variety of conflicts. Among her academic publications are Contested States: Law, Hegemony, and Resistance (co-edited with Mindie Lazarus-Black; Routledge, 1994), Pronouncing and Persevering: Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court (Chicago, 1998), and numerous articles and chapters on law reform and conflict, reflexive and participatory research, the American death penalty, and transitional justice. Susan's prize-winning book, In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief, and a Victim's Quest for Justice (Princeton, 2007) focuses on her experiences surviving the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania and participating in the subsequent trial of accused bombers. She recently completed a book (co-authored with E. Frank Dukes) titled Divergent Views of Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia: Changing Stakeholders in Environmental Conflict. Susan's latest research focuses on conceptualizing how "rule of law" and "global justice" figure in contemporary conflict resolution initiatives.


Kelly McMillin

Kelly McMillin began his law enforcement career in 1984 and came to the Salinas Police Department in 1988.  He has held the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander and Deputy Chief.  He was appointed Chief of the Salinas Police Department on June 11, 2011 after 24 years of service to the Department. Kelly has his BA from Saint Mary's College of California and a Master of Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at California State University Monterey Bay. He is a 2003 graduate of the 213th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.  Kelly was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in April of 2012.


Azadeh Shahshahani

Azadeh Shahshahani is the Director of the National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project at the ACLU of Georgia. Azadeh currently serves as the President of the National Lawyers Guild. Azadeh also serves on the Steering Committee of Georgia Detention Watch. She previously served as Chair of Refugee Women’s Network and as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Committee on the Rights of Immigrants and is also one of the Founders of Human Rights Atlanta. Azadeh has edited several human rights reports, including a comprehensive report on immigration detention in Georgia published in May 2012 titled “Prisoners of Profit: Immigrants and Detention in Georgia,” and is the author of book chapters and legal articles on immigrants’ rights and racial profiling. Azadeh is a 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and also has a Master’s in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. Azadeh was born in Iran and moved to the United States at age sixteen. She is the recipient of the of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Advocacy Award and the University of Georgia Law School 2009 Equal Justice Foundation Public Interest Practitioner Award.