Conflict Management

Below is a listing of Payson People (we refer to ourselves as Paysonites) who specialize in Conflict Management.

Izabela Steflja

Professor of Practice, International Development

Lauren Messina

M.S. Candidate

I currently live in Chicago, where I am starting the program as a distance-based student for my first two semesters before moving to New Orleans in 2016.

Hilary Nicole Zainab

Doctoral Student
Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin is a Management Analyst with the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  She currently serves as a Board of Director and Operational Coordinator for the Standby Task Force where she provides crisis informatics and mapping services to organizations such as UNOCHA, MSF, NetHope and others responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.

G. Alexander Crowther

Alumnus, PhD, RAND Corporation

Strategist. International Affairs Specialist. Politico-Military Specialist. Researcher. Latin American Foreign Area Officer. Light Infantry Officer. 

Worked at the field, the regional and global levels. Field work in Central America, the Andean Ridge, Korea and Iraq. Regional in Latin America, Europe and Middle East. Global level experience performing politico-military activities in Washington DC.

Meredith Bambrick

Meredith Bambrick, Tulane Payson Center for International Development LLM in Law & Development
Alumna, LL.M. in Development

Meredith Clare Bambrick, Esq. is a graduate of Tulane University Law School where she earned a J.D. and certificate in international and comparative law (2013) as well as an LLM in Development (2014), the latter for which she was awarded a full tuition scholarship.

John M Sullivan

Alumnus, Joint J.D./M.S.

I am originally from Bartlesville, Oklahoma but grew up in Topeka, Kansas. I graduated high school in 2003 and went on to study Musical Theater at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. After three years I switched majors and schools. May 2008 I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Anthropolgy with an emphasis on Archaeology. Directly after graduation I went into the Peace Corps and taught agriculture and nutrition in the highlands of Guatemala for two years and three months. After that I came back to school to get a JD and MS in International Development.

M Karna L Cohen

Doctoral Student, Social Scientist

Max Anderson

Max Anderson
Alumnus, M.S., Security Industry Specialists, Inc.

I spent six years in the United States military, including a combat deployment to Iraq. My military and educational background have prepared me for a career in international development. After extensive travel through multiple countries, I decided to pursue a path towards reconstruction, sustainability, and policy change specifically in conflict environments. My primary goal is to bridge the gap between civilian aid organizations  and military personnel when working in conflict zones or areas affected by natural disaster.

Kami Bruner

Kami Bruner
Alumna, M.S.

I have worked with a number of environmental/social justice nonprofits and community-based organizations as well as in the health research, governmental, and educational sectors. My enduring passions are ecological, community, and organizational sustainability. My particular interest is in furthering researching on permaculture/systems thinking and practical applications for community development.

Stanley Samarasinghe

Stanley W. Samarasinghe
Adjunct Professor

Stanley W. Samarasinghe is Adjunct Professor at the Payson Center and Chairman and Executive Director of Global Vision, an independent think tank in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Prominent in the fields of Economics, International Development, and Conflict Studies, Professor Samarasinghe designs and teaches post-graduate courses in International Development, Development Economics, International Health and Ethnic Conflict.  Previous positions include Director of the Payson Center’s office in Arlington, VA, and over 20 years of teaching at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.

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