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Rebecca Jayne Wolfe

Fellow, Program for Refugees, Forced Migration and Humanitarian Action, Yale University

Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. Currently, she is a Fellow at Yale University’s Program for Refugees, Forced Migration and Humanitarian Action and the Political Violence Field Lab. She is also the Director of Evidence and Influence for Mercy Corps.

Dr. Wolfe is able to draw on her practitioner and academic backgrounds to effectively research important development issues and communicate to multiple audiences. Over her career, she has developed conflict prevention and violence reduction programs in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. She has published research on engagement in violence in these geographies as well. Dr. Wolfe has taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and at the Wagner School for Public Service at New York University. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University.


  • –present
    Fellow, Yale University


  • 2002 
    Harvard University, PhD