About

Elisabeth King is Associate Professor of International Education and Politics at New York University and Founding Director of NYU’s minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research focuses on peace, development, and education in ethnically diverse and conflict-affected contexts. She is author of Diversity, Violence and Recognition: How Recognizing Ethnic Identity Promotes Peace (with Cyrus Samii) forthcoming in 2020 from Oxford University Press. Her previous book, From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda (Cambridge University Press), was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Libraries Association. Other recent work appears in Journal of Peace Research, World Development and African Studies Review. King’s work has been funded by grants from such organizations as the United States Institute of Peace, the Spencer Foundation, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. She has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Liberia, the Philippines and Rwanda, among others, using diverse research methods ranging from in-depth qualitative interviews and focus groups, to randomized field experiments and surveys. She has consulted for organizations including Innovations for Poverty Action, UNICEF, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the MasterCard Foundation and works with policy-makers to link her scholarship with on-the-ground practice and programming. King received her PhD in political science from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University.

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