I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at UMASS Boston.

I completed my doctoral studies at Indiana University, where I pursued a joint PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and in Inquiry Methodology.  Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I earned a MA with a focus on Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University.

In my academic and professional work I focus on issues at the intersection of dialogue, peace-building, social activism, and education.  I conduct basic and applied research to help understand the impact of grassroots peace-building interventions and the way these interventions fit into societal level peace-building efforts. 

You can find me on Twitter or email me at karen.ross at umb dot edu. 

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