Volker Franke is the Interim Director of the PhD program in International Conflict Management. He joined KSU’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs as Associate Professor of Conflict Management in the fall of 2009. Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Franke was Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. From 2006-2008, he served as Director of Research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), one of Germany’s premier peace and conflict research and capacity building institutes. Currently, Dr. Franke also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Foundation of Peace Research. From 1998-2007, he was Director and Managing Editor of the National Security Studies Case Studies Program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Dr. Franke holds a Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and a MA in political science and sociology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
He is the author of Preparing for Peace: Military Identity, Value-Orientations, and Professional Military Education (Praeger 1999) and more than 30 journal articles, book chapters, case studies and research reports on issues related to peace and security studies, conflict management, civil-military relations, development policy and social identity. He is also the editor of Terrorism and Peacekeeping: New Security Challenges (Praeger 2005) and Security in a Changing World: Case Studies in U.S. National Security Management (Praeger 2002).
Dr. Maia Hallward received her PhD in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service, with concentrations in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (earning “distinction”) and Critical Geopolitics (self-designed). She lived and worked in Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan for four years, and participated in a year-long Faculty Learning Community on Turkey in 2008-2009 that included a two-week learning tour. Dr. Hallward’s research and teaching draw on this experience in the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on Israeli and Palestinian peace and justice movements, the role of identity in conflict, and the intersection between religion and politics.
Dr. Hallward’s recent publications include “Building Space for Peace? Israeli and Palestinian activism in the Second Intifada” Global Change, Peace and Security (forthcoming); “Creative Responses to Separation: Israeli and Palestinian Joint Activism in Bil’in” Journal of Peace Research (2009), “Negotiating Boundaries, Narrating Checkpoints: The Case of Machsom Watch” Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies (2008); “Situating the Secular” International Political Sociology (2008). Her book manuscript, Challenging the Boundaries of ‘Peace’: Identity and Activism in the al-Aqsa Intifada,currently under review. She presents her research regularly at the International Studies Association Annual Convention and the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meetings.
In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Hallward has been involved in the broader Atlanta community, including moderating panels with the Syrian Ambassador and Israeli Consul General at the Istanbul Center on the prospect of Syrian-Israeli negotiations, serving on the board of the Middle East Peace Education Program at the American Friends Service Committee, and speaking at the Atlanta Council for International Relations. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Peacebuilding and Development since 2003, currently acting as Associate Editor.
Dr. Hallward has a book coming out in summer 2011 called Struggling for a Just Peace: Israeli and Palesitnian Activism in the Second Intifada (University Press of Florida). Her book examines different conceptions of peace and the different types of activities and mechanisms for peace building.
Dr. Jeff DeWitt earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgia State University in 2005. Dr. DeWitt’s primary field of study is American political behavior with research interests in electoral politics, political communication, and public opinion. He has published in Politics & Policy, Journal of Political Science, American Review of Politics, Journal of Official Statistics, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Journal of Faculty Development. He also serves as a reviewer for several academic journals. Dr. DeWitt teaches courses in American Government, Mass Media and Politics, Research Methods, and Senior Seminar and is a member of KSU's Honors faculty.
Ansley Barton, J.D., is the founder and principal of the conflict management consulting firm Ansley Barton, LLC. Ms. Barton was Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, the first Director of KSU’s Master of Science in Conflict Management, and interim director of the KSU Center for Conflict Management. Ms. Barton was the first Director of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution. In this role, she was instrumental in developing the Georgia Supreme Court ADR Rules for court-connected ADR programs, rules for the approval and registration of neutrals, a code of ethics for neutrals, training standards for neutrals, and legislation for support of court programs through filing fees.
A mediator since 1982, Ms. Barton has mediated a wide range of cases, including domestic relations, probate, employment, contract disputes, real estate matters, neighborhood disputes, victim-offender cases, juvenile court matters, and termination of parental rights. An experienced mediation trainer, Ms. Barton has conducted mediation training at the request of Georgia courts, federal and state agencies and in the university setting since 1992.
Ms. Barton was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution in 2002 and served until 2008. She was Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Commission. She served on the Steering Committee for the University System of Georgia’s Regents’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Initiative and was an original member of the committee that developed recommendations for the Initiative. Ms. Barton was the first recipient of the Atlanta Dispute Resolution Lawyers’ Founder’s Award, May, 2000. Ms. Barton has served on the Georgia Bar Commission's Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants since 2009. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Pat Siuta is President of American Mediators, LLC and Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service, Inc. Training & Consulting Division. She has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases in a variety of areas including employment, commercial, personal injury, construction, probate, and domestic relations. Ms. Siuta serves as a mediator for the Georgia courts and served as an arbitrator for Ford Motor Company’s Dispute Settlement Board for three years.
As an expert in the field of ADR, she has designed and provided training nationally for lawyers, judges, law firms, corporations, insurance companies, and governmental agencies. She has extensive litigation experience representing clients in a broad variety of areas including employment, personal injury, commercial, disability, and domestic relations. In addition to practicing law, Ms. Siuta taught law at Georgia State and Hamline University law schools.
Jennifer Boyens Victor is the owner of The Victor Firm LLC and specializes in working with corporations and organizations in the areas of conflict management program design, training, early case assessment, and other areas of conflict prevention and management. Ms. Victor also serves as the Program Director of a corporation’s employment dispute resolution program on an outsourced basis. Additionally, she is an Executive Director of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association. Ms. Victor is also an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University’s School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, a registered mediator with the Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution, a trained and experienced facilitator and ombudsperson, and a General Electric-certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Prior to forming The Victor Firm LLC, Ms. Victor was a partner with Paquin Victor LLP, a specialty firm focused on corporate and organizational conflict and litigation management; an ADR Practice Leader for Ernst & Young’s Legal Management Services group; and Deputy Director of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution, where her experience included developing and implementing ADR programs, as well as developing policy for statewide ADR, including the Ethical Standards for Neutrals in Georgia. Ms. Victor received a B.A. in History with Honors from Agnes Scott College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She received a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.
Harry Mika is an applied researcher and practitioner who has worked closely with more than seventy-five community-based justice initiatives in the United States and abroad, on program design, implementation and evaluation themes. He teaches advanced courses in social justice, dispute resolution, and child welfare.
For fifteen years, Harry Mika was extensively involved with the development of community-based alternatives to paramilitary punishment violence in Loyalist and Republican working class areas of Northern Ireland, and the demobilization of military formations. He has conducted comparative research and practice on the roles of former combatants and ex-prisoners in community peacebuilding processes in South Africa, Rwanda, Colombia and Sierra Leone. He has provided evaluation and monitoring of innovative justice investments in Northern Ireland and South Africa for several philanthropies, foundations and trusts.
Harry Mika received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and has held post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University, and the Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands). Harry Mika was the recipient of a Fulbright New Century Scholars award in 2003 (Northern Ireland and South Africa), and in 2008 was appointed as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Peace and Conflict Resolution (Colombia).