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Karina Korostelina

Professor and Director of the Program on Prevention of Mass Violence, George Mason University

Karina V. Korostelina is a Professor and Director of the Program on Prevention of Mass Violence and the Program on History, Memory, and Conflict at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, GMU. Professor Korostelina is a social psychologist whose work focuses on social identity and dynamics of identity and power in protracted social conflicts. Within this theoretical framework, she conducts research in several areas: (1) social identity and identity-based conflicts, including mass violence and civilian devastation, the nation-building processes, conflict resolution and peacebuilding in post-conflict societies; (2) the role of history in conflict and post-conflict societies and reconciliation; and (3) resilience in communities affected by chronic conflict and violence and critical infrastructure resilience.

Dr. Korostelina has been a Fulbright New Century Scholar, a fellow at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Writing Fellow. She also has been awarded several residential fellowships, including Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellowship at the National University of Singapore, the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Waseda University, Japan, the Northeast Asia History Foundation, the Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, and the Curriculum Resource Center of the Central European University.

She has received 40 grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Luce Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Rockefeller foundation, Ebert Foundation, Northeast Asia History Foundation, Soros Foundation (Research Support Scheme, Managing Multicultural Communities Project, Renaissance Foundation), the United State Institute of Peace, US National Academy of Education, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of USDS, INTAS, IREX, Eckert Institute, and Council of Europe. She is an author or editor of 16 books and numerous articles.

Dr. Korostelina is frequently invited to give keynote speeches and present results of her research to academics, policymakers, and practitioners. She has given 73 talks to academic and policy-oriented institutions, think tanks, government and non-government organizations, and international bodies. She provides consultations to USAID, US State Department, US Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the World Bank, OSCE, and the Council of Europe. Dr. Korostelina also presented her research at 83 conferences and served as an organizer or convener of 9 conferences.


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    Professor and Director of the Program on Prevention of Mass Violence, George Mason University