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Rebecca Jayne Wolfe

Senior lecturer, University of Chicago

Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. Currently, she is Senior Lecturer and Executive Director of International Policy and Development at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she is also an associate at the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflict.

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