The Department of Public Administration welcomes Mery Rodriguez from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, as a visiting professor now through Oct. 13. She is director of the master’s degree in peace studies and conflict resolution at Javeriana. Rodriguez holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University and is an expert in the Colombian armed conflict and peace processes; public policies of transitional justice; transformative memories; and the consideration of gender, race, ethnicity and other factors to improve community-level policy responses.
She is available to speak to classes on a variety of topics, including the Colombian armed conflict and the current peace process between the Colombian national government and the FARC; peace building and peace dynamics in Colombia at the local, regional and national levels; public policy during transitional justice times and policies of peace and development; application of the method of enfoque diferencial in which gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, race and class perspectives are considered in the design and application of methods and instruments within communities affected by the armed conflict; transformative memories and the process of working toward a memory that goes beyond crimes and damage and accompanies the communities and individuals to mourn and move on; and reflective practice in conflict resolution as a model to teach and learn in the field.
Rodriguez is interested in meeting with faculty, doctoral students and administrators to share ideas and to explore opportunities for future collaborations. Anyone interested in arranging a time to meet with Rodriguez during her visit should contact Nadia Rubaii in the Department of Public Administration.