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Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Director of the Center for Conflict Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Pushpa Iyer has many years of experience working in the field of peace and conflict studies. She specializes in identity conflicts, civil wars, peace processes, post-war peacebuilding and non-state armed groups. As a practitioner-academic, she emphasizes on connecting theory to practice with social justice being the ultimate goal. She is also the founder/director of the Center for Conflict Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The center seeks to create a platform for knowledge acquisition and dissemination through its many academic, research and practice programs. Recently, the center has focused on racial equity in campuses of higher education, and runs a program – Allies at MIIS – that encourages the members of the Middlebury Institute to be more inward-looking in their journey of being an ally. Pushpa is bicoastal and spends equal time in Washington, D.C. and Monterey, California.

Experience

  • 2007–present
    Associate Professor, Conflict Resolution, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • 2011–present
    Director, Center for Conflict Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • 2018–2020
    Chief Diversity Officer, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Education

  • 2007 
    School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Professional Memberships

  • Board Member (Diversity Chair) Peace and Justice Studies Association
  • Board Member, CDA