Susan Allen is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution. Her main focus is on reflective practice and research that emerges from practice contexts. She has substantial expertise in intermediary roles and coordination amongst intermediaries, evaluation of conflict resolution initiatives, and theories of change and indicators of change in conflict resolution practice. She has engaged long-term in conflict resolution in the Caucasus, as well as contributing to a variety of conflict resolution initiatives in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.
Susan Allen joined the S-CAR core faculty in 2005 after two years teaching International Peace and Conflict Resolution as Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University. Susan Allen’s Ph.D. (2000) and M.S. (1995) degrees are both from S-CAR. Between graduate school and joining the faculty at S-CAR, she co-founded and directed the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and served as Senior Program Associate for the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA.
Susan Allen’s current research centers on catalytic workshops. Her work has been supported by the US Institute of Peace (Peace Scholar award, Grant program), the One Foundation, USAID, the US State Department, and the William and Flora I. Hewlett Foundation, Compton Foundation, Catalyst Fund (with ACT), USAID, and US State Department (with ACT).
Susan Allen serves on the Editorial Board of the African Peace and Conflict Journal, http://www.apcj.upeace.org/ and Caucasus Edition, http://caucasusedition.net/. She is on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT). www.conflicttransformation.org. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org, including as Chair of the Board in 2005.