Susan Shepler

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Susan Shepler "is an assistant professor of international peace and conflict resolution. She received a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley from the department of Social and Cultural Studies in Education.

"Her ethnographic research is on youth and conflict generally, with a focus on the reintegration of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone. Other interests include post-conflict reconstruction, education and development, NGOs and globalization, and the search for local solutions to conflict. She has conducted research for UNICEF on transnational fosterage of war-affected youth in West Africa. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the American Association of University Women. In addition to academic work, she has participated in evaluations of Talking Drum Studio in Sierra Leone for Search for Common Ground and of Defense of Children International programming in Sierra Leone. She is the author of several book chapters and journal articles in the fields of youth studies, human rights, and African politics." [1]

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  1. Biography, American University, accessed July 8, 2007.